Hometown Hero Stories: Gina and Jacob Flores



Hometown Hero Stories: Gina and Jacob Flores served their nation and community, now building a business and life in Lubbock

Gina Flores

Name:

Gina Flores

Hometown Hero because:

Gina served as a dental hygienist in the Air Force.

How long served?

Ten years.

Why did you want to serve?

“It was a family tradition,” she said. Her father and grandfather both served and it was an opportunity to get money for school. Her dad was in Vietnam and her grandfather served in World War II.

What did your service mean to you?

“It gave me opportunity to serve the country – even though people don’t think being in the dental field is serving. But I spent a lot of time with soldiers and airmen who were deployed and listened to them and heard their stories,” she said.

What do you want people to know about you and the people who also served in this role?

“Everybody regardless of their role in the military is important,” she said.

Where’s your hometown?

Orlando, Florida.

Who’s your hero?

“Service members who leave the military, who continue to serve the country in one aspect or another. And, of course, those who are still active and their family members who are left behind sometimes,” Gina said.

What she does now:

Doctor of Audiology at Atlas Audiology in Lubbock, which she owns. “I always dreamed of being a doctor,” she said.

How did she end up in Lubbock?

“I married a Texan and have been told I’ll never leave Texas,” she said.

What’s your relationship with Lubbock National Bank?

“We know Paul Dannevik, he’s a good family friends of ours and has worked with us in our venture to start a business and guide us and give us direction,” she said.

Jacob Flores

Name:

Jacob Flores

Is a Hometown Hero because:

Served in the Air Force and Lubbock Police Department.

How long served?

Six years active duty and two years reserved for a total of eight years in the Air Force and 11 years with the Lubbock Police Department.

Why did you want to serve?

“It has always been something I wanted to do as a child. I hoped and wanted my parents to send me to a military school. Growing up in a community where we were less fortunate, I saw how police officers interacted with us and wanted to do the same and give back to the community,” said Jacob.

What did your service mean to you?

“Being one of the first individuals deployed after 9/11 and being one of the first boots on the ground gave me a sense of honor that an individual such as myself could be part of something big to this country,” he said. “As an LPD officer I felt privileged and honored to serve the citizens personally here in West Texas.”

What do you want people to know about you and the people who also served in this role?

“That myself and all my brothers and sisters in arms truly care about their job and serving and protecting their community,” said Jacob.

Where’s your hometown?

Big Spring, Texas

Who’s your hero?

“I have had a lot of people who have influenced and mentored me in my decision to join the USAF and LPD. My high school resource teacher helped guide me and my opportunities I had as well as local law enforcement officers in Big Spring who showed me what service to others was all about,” he said.

How did you end up in Lubbock?

“Being from Big Spring I knew I always wanted to return to West Texas to raise a family. I was blessed to be offered a job with the Lubbock Police Department and accepted without any hesitation,” Jacob said.

What’s your relationship with Lubbock National Bank?

“Paul Dannevik is a family friend of ours who has helped us with our business venture and has been a wealth of knowledge with this opportunity,” he said.

Gina & Jacob Flores


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