TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Chapel Hill ISD honored fallen Smith County deputy Lorenzo Bustos on Friday before their varsity football game.

Bustos was an alumnus at the school.

“It’s going to be one of the biggest events in East Texas and being able to recognize that family and the debt he paid to our community,” said Jeff Riordan, head football coach at Chapel Hill High School.

First responders and members of the military were able to attend the game at no cost.

At 7 p.m., officials gathered with the football team on the sidelines. There was a special announcement at 7:10 p.m. then a student-led prayer and moment of silence.

The school district also told people about the Smith County bracelet fundraiser that is going towards helping the Bustos family.

The school district invited the following departments to join them on Friday:

  • Smith County Sheriff’s Office
  • City of Tyler Fire and Police 
  • Chapel Hill Fire Department
  • CHISD Police Department
  • Jackson Heights Volunteer Fire Department
  • EMTs 
  • Military Officials