Texas Tech PD officer dies from COVID-19 complications

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LUBBOCK, Texas — An officer with the Texas Tech Police Department died of COVID-19 complications, according to a statement by the university Wednesday.

According to Texas Tech, TTUPD Sergeant Ricky Eade died of complications from coronavirus. Sergeant Eade was a 24-year veteran of the university police force, and was a father to two teen boys.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time,” the statement, issued by Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec and Chancellor Tedd Mitchell, said.

Read the statement below:

“Today the entire Texas Tech community grieves the loss of TTPD Sergeant Ricky Eade. He was a 24-year veteran of our university police force, a father of two teen boys and a beloved member of our community who will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Sgt. Eade joined TTPD on Jan. 6, 1997. He worked in patrol and investigation and later served as Administrative Sergeant with primary responsibility for scheduling overtime assignments and assigning outside law enforcement personnel for athletics events and other university functions at the time of his death. He is a father of two sons, Tyler, 19, and Tanner, 16.

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