The Red River Sun/Whitney Wyatt
The town of Childress and its residents stood still when Childress County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Tom Hoobler’s body was escorted back to Childress from Lubbock on Tuesday, July 20. He died on Saturday, July 17 when he was helping a stranded motorist on U.S. Highway 287 east of Childress. A tractor-trailer was partially on the roadway, and he was waiting for a wrecker to arrive. Hoobler was sitting in his patrol car with the overhead lights on to protect drivers from the hazard. Hoobler had been with the Childress County Sheriff’s Office since July of 2003. “Tom’s passing has left a huge hole not only with this office but the community as well,” said Childress County Sheriff Mike Pigg. “A very special thank you to the Lubbock Sheriff’s Office for providing the Honor Guard who watched over Tom the whole time he was in Lubbock.” The procession of Childress County Sheriff’s Office, Childress Police Department, Childress Fire Department, TxDOT and Childress Regional Medical Center First Responder agencies went down U.S. Highway 287, down FM 2530 past the Sheriff’s Office, then to Ave. C and finally to Johnson Funeral Home.