Appreciation Dinner Slated for Upshur's Law Enforcement

Gilmer, TX:   A dinner is organized in appreciation of Upshur County’s Law Enforcement on Monday, May 14, 2018, at 6:30 pm. The dinner will be held at the Lantana Activity Center located at 80 Lantana Road, in Gilmer, and is free, open to the public, and child-friendly.

The scheduled speakers are Upshur County’s Sheriff Larry Webb and Combat Warriors – Texas’ President, Richard Rhea.  

Sheriff Webb has been a resident of Upshur County since 1995. After attending Gilmer Junior High and finishing his freshman year at Gilmer High School, his family moved to Longview.  Webb graduated from Longview High School in 1988 and joined the Army as a Military Policeman. While in the Army, Webb served in Germany and ended his military career in 1993 at Fort McClellan, Alabama as a Sergeant for the Military Police Company.

Webb retired from the Longview Police Department in June 2016 after nearly 21 years of service. During those years, Webb worked on many different assignments which include patrol officer, Street Crimes unit investigator, K-9 Officer, Field Training Officer and Bike patrol officer. In 1996, Webb was selected as a member of the Longview Police Department’s SWAT team and ended his Swat career as a supervisor for the team. 

Webb was a sergeant at the Longview Police Department for 10 years. He worked in many different assignments as a supervisor.  Those assignments included Patrol Supervisor, Administrative Supervisor, Field Training Officer Supervisor, Bike Patrol Supervisor, K-9 Training Coordinator, SWAT Team Supervisor and Community Policing Supervisor.

On January 1, 2017, Webb was sworn in as the newly elected Sheriff of Upshur County and currently serves the county’s fine citizens.

Webb is married to his lovely wife, Tracy and they have two beautiful daughters. Tracy Webb is a special education teacher at Union Grove Elementary School.

Richard Rhea is the President of Combat Warriors – Texas.  Combat Warriors – Texas, a branch of Combat Warriors Inc., provides Combat Wounded Service Members (regardless of physical limitations) the opportunity to "Hunt East Texas." This is a grassroots campaign focused on community involvement and local support, but also ensures above all that the privacy, safety and operational security of our nation’s Elite Warriors are not compromised. CWI (ETB) provides these deserving individuals an opportunity to experience these animals in their natural environment while also providing a "Hunting Camp Atmosphere," which allows each service member to relax and reconnect with one another as well as a grateful community.

Combat Warriors’ mission is to honor and support, emotionally and financially, the commitment and courage of our combat veterans.  Combat Warriors is made up of 100% volunteers who organize and promote dozens of events annually where groups are gathered of active duty soldiers for hunting and fishing trips at locales offered by the organization’s sponsors. 

Local men and women in Law Enforcement are seated on the organization’s board, as well as volunteer and participate in the Combat Warrior’s community events and fundraisers.

Richard and his family moved to Longview in 1985. He studied at U.T. Tyler and is a graduate of Longview High School.

Richard married his lovely wife, Heather in 2010, and is employed at Pipeline Integrity Resource. The couple’s adorable daughter is Avery Rhea.

Reservations are a must for the free dinner. The dinner begins at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7:00.  To reserve, call (903) 500-2292 or register at under the Upshur County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner event.  

“This is our small way of acknowledging and thanking the men and women in Law Enforcement that lay their lives on the line each and every day to protect us in Upshur,” said ET4L President Stacy McMahan.  

“If you are interested in showing your appreciation by contributing to and being recognized as a Law Enforcement Superstar Sponsor, please visit our website at or call us at (903) 500-2292.  All sponsorships received will go to one of the eight Upshur County Law Enforcement Departments,” McMahan said further.

Upshur County’s East Texans for Liberty, a duly registered cooperation in their fourth year of operation, is sponsoring the appreciation dinner.  The organization’s Caring for Texas Chair, Jennifer Audit is scheduled to emcee.