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Lubbock school dedicates facility to fallen officer and Artesian Harvey

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Austin Harvey, left, J.D. Harvey, center, and Brenden Harvey stand next to a plaque dedicating Kaplan University’s firearms facility in honor of their father, D. Robert Harvey, who was killed in the line of duty more than a year ago in a crash with a drunk driver in Lubbock. (Submitted photo)

Daily Press Staff Writer

Two weeks ago, a solemn group of police officers, sheriff’s deputies, university dignitaries and family members gathered in Lubbock at Kaplan University’s firearms simulator.

They were there to dedicate the facility to Cpl. D. Robert Harvey, a fallen Bulldog, who was considered by many to be the manifestation of Artesia virtue.

By all accounts in life, he was loyal, hard-working and intensely empathic.

The dedication, which took place more than a year-and-a-half after his death, was a testament to the powerful influence Harvey’s deceivingly small frame exerted on the world during his brief life — an influence that will now spread to present and future generations of fledgling criminal justice students as they walk through the facility doors and see in his image, hung on the threshhold, a man who made a truely selfless sacrifice for his fellow man.

According to Kaplan University Public Relations Coordinator Angela Worth, the institution contacted local law enforcement agencies in an attempt to find an exemplary officer who represented the ideals of criminal justice for the dedication.

She said the agencies’ responses were immediate and unified in vetting Harvey. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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