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Injured LPD officers receive Purple Heart Awards

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Officer Timothy Varner (left) and Officer Michael Matsik (right) received Purple Heart Awards on Friday. Officer Timothy Varner (left) and Officer Michael Matsik (right) received Purple Heart Awards on Friday.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Every officer takes an oath to serve and protect, but Officer Timothy Varner and Officer Michael Matsik took that oath to the next level the day they risked their lives to protect our community.

"I felt the blood trickling down a little bit. But I was more concerned about my legs because I thought I crushed my legs," said Matsik.

Matsik was injured during a police chase on Jan. 10, when a suspect struck him with her car, pinning him up against a postal vehicle.  

"I remember the whole thing. I remember him getting out. I remember chasing him and seeing out of the corner of my eye this vehicle racing toward me," Matsik said.

"I can hear it and I can see it and at the last second I tried to jump to take all the pressure off my legs and hopefully to do whatever I can, and then she struck me," he said.

Matsik wants to thank the postal worker for saving his life, the community for their support and his brothers who suit up every night.

"If any one of us is in need, the entire unit is going to come," he said.

That's exactly what happened when his brother in blue, Officer Tim Varner, was shot outside of the Salvation Army responding to a call on Oct. 12, 2013.

"You show up, you tell someone, ‘Get out of the car' and next thing you know you're getting shot," said Varner.

Lights lit up downtown as almost every officer on duty responded to help that night.

"It's just a family. There's no other way to describe it than a big family," Varner said.

Both officers received Purple Heart Awards on Friday at a Promotion and Awards Ceremony at the Lubbock Police Department.

Despite being wounded in the line of duty, these two heroes say it was all worth it to keep our community safe.

Varner and Matsik have not been cleared to work yet, but both say they can't wait to suit up again.

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