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Injured LPD officers receive Purple Heart Awards

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 thenext level the day they risked their lives to protect our community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

That's exactly whathappened when his brother in blue, Officer Tim Varner, was shot outside of the SalvationArmy 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 gettingshot," said Varner.

Lights lit updowntown 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 onFriday at a Promotion and Awards Ceremony at the Lubbock Police Department.

Despitebeing wounded in the line of duty, these two heroes say it was all worth it tokeep our community safe.

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

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