Class of ’99 grad served in Iraq, now Lubbock policeman

His favorite teacher at Frenship High School taught world history. He probably didn’t know as a freshman he would one day play a small part in history.

Adam Freeman, a graduate in the Frenship class of 1999, lives in the Lubbock area. For four years he was a U.S. Marine.

Freeman completed two tours of Iraq, then returned to Texas. His unit was right behind Jessica Lynch’s unit when she was captured in the opening days of the Iraq war.

“When Jessica Lynch was captured, my unit was the one that was right behind hers,” he said, adding they lost 18 Marines that day.

“It was a pretty bad day,” said Freeman.

He didn’t intend to be a Marine back in 1999. But he said the events of Sept. 11, 2001, motivated him to enlist.

“I don’t regret it at all, but it was kind of stupidity on my part,” he said, noting he joined up because his brother was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Texas Tech.

At the time, Freeman was a student of South Plains College, taking classes in law enforcement technology.

“My mom would tell you ever since I could walk and talk, I was wanting to be with the police,” he said. “My senior research paper was over being a state trooper.”

So when he came back from Iraq, he worked at a prison in Big Spring for two years.

Before that, he met his wife, Farrah, just after his first tour in Iraq. He even remembers the precise date they met … it happens to be her dog’s birthday. They married less than a year later in 2004.

Since 2007, he has been a Lubbock Police officer.

“I’m on patrol, just regular patrol. I write tickets, I take people to jail on any number of offenses. I handle initial investigations on crimes,” said Freeman.

What he likes about his job is “I can go out there and take people’s freedom from them if they committed a crime they need to go to jail for, or I can save someone’s life.

“My main crime that I love getting is DWIs. A lot of people don’t like those because it’s a lot of extra paperwork, but I don’t mind doing them at all.”

He’s also taken on the role of dad: his daughter, Haley Nicole is 3. He describes her as both wild and smart.

“Around strangers, she’s real shy,” he said. “But around the house, it’s non-stop talking and playing.”

Freeman, whose class reunion is coming up Oct. 16-17, said it doesn’t feel like it’s been “anywhere near 10 years” since he was a senior at Frenship High School.

“I’m excited about seeing who’s going to show up, who’s going to be there,” he said.

The FHS Class of 1999 reunion information

  • Happy hour at Caprock Cafe: Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Family picnic at Legacy Play Village: Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dinner and dance at Double B Party Barns: Oct. 17. Social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Payment for dinner must be received by Oct. 12.
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