Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is honoring the life of Texas Tech police officer Floyd East Jr. one year after his passing with the creation of a crowdfunding site to support a scholarship in his name.
The scholarship will benefit select undergraduate or graduate students at Texas Tech University enrolled in the Institute for Forensic Science or a concentration in criminology with preference for students from the El Paso area.
“Officer Floyd East Jr. dedicated his life to keeping our Texas Tech University System campuses safe,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “We are proud to honor Officer East with a new scholarship program in his name. It is fitting that the scholarship will go to students from his hometown pursuing education and careers related to law enforcement.”
Donations to the account may be made at Crowdfund.give2tech.com/officereastmemorial
or by contacting Carolina Camargo De Luca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 915-215-4859.
A native El Pasoan, Officer East served on the TTUHSC El Paso campus from December 2014 to April 2017 before transferring to Texas Tech University in Lubbock in May 2017 to complete field training.
Officer East, who had plans to return to his hometown when a position became available at TTUHSC El Paso, passed away Oct. 9 during an evening shift.
Officer East is remembered as a loving father, husband and colleague. Family described him as a witty and warm friend who excelled at carpentry, seafood boils and barbecuing, and relished exhilarating activities like skydiving and deep-sea diving.
“Every day, our police officers walk out in the world knowingly risking their lives to ensure that our lives are protected,” said President Lange. “There is really no greater act of selflessness than that.”