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UPDATE: Odessa Deputy Chief Of Police Passes Away

An Odessa Police Deputy Chief passed away Sunday night.
Deputy Chief John Blanco
Deputy Chief John Blanco
ODESSA -- An Odessa Police Deputy Chief passed away Sunday night.

Deputy Chief John Blanco, a 36 year veteran of the Odessa Police Department, has passed away after suffering a heart attack.

Blanco started on the Odessa police force in 1977, after graduating from Sul Ross with a Bachelor's degree in police administration.

He held a Master Peace Officer certificate and attended the FBI National Academy.

During his career, he was awarded four letters of appreciation and three letters of commendation.

Those who worked with Deputy Chief Blanco say he will be greatly missed.

Chief of Police, Timothy Burton had this to say, "John was a dear friend and a wonderful colleague. He was an enormously intelligent and experienced police officer, and a man who helped me every day."

OPD says their prayers are with Blanco's wife, Phyllis and his family and brothers in blue.

J. D. Echols will be serving as interim deputy chief in Blanco's place until the department finds a permanent replacement.
UPDATE from the City of Odessa:

Services have been scheduled for John Blanco; however the Blanco family has respectfully requested the service remain private for family and close friends only.

In lieu of flowers the family asks any donations be made to the American Red Cross of the Permian Basin. Donations can be sent to 9601 Wright Drive, Midland, Texas 79706. Please note the donation is on behalf of John Blanco to ensure the money stays locally.

The Odessa Police Department and City of Odessa staff continues to pray for the Blanco family during their time of mourning.

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