Monday will be the one year anniversary of deadly I-27 wreck that killed LPD Officer Nicholas Reyna and Fire Lieutenant Eric Hill.
The crash also left firefighter Matt Dawson severely injured.
"We didn't want anything sad. We've already been through all of that," Susan Hill said.
January 11, 2020 brought Lubbock together, in wake of the historic tragedy.
"The day that those men were hit on I-27, they were doing everything by the book, according to national standards," LFR Chief Shaun Fogerson said. "The accident that happened, no one ever counts on happening."
Since that day, the department has increased its safety measures.
They now use extra roadblocks and provide more protective helmets when responding to roadway emergencies.
Lt. Hill's parents Mark and Susan, have also turned their pain into passion with the 5-5-5 foundation.
It advocates for drivers to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.
"In 2020, there were 46 individuals killed in roadside accidents in the United States," Mark Hill explained. "46 doesn't sound like very many across the United States, but it's too many. And when your family is one of those, it becomes important to you," he added.
And most importantly, to hug your loved ones.
"Just think about your families. Every time those men and women leave their homes, the want to come back," Susan Hill said.