Father recalls fallen deputy passionate about service
West Madison Street in downtown Tipton doesn't normally see a lot of traffic, but on Sunday it was busy with cars and people stopping to stare and pay respects.
“People are thinking - thinking about him, thinking about his family and he was loved.” said MaryAnn Kirby, who lives in Tipton.
It was on 300 West, near 300 South in Tipton County Saturday night around 10:00 when Deputy Jake Calvin, responding to an emergency with lights and siren activated, lost control.
“It was a shock. It was a big shock," said Kirby. He flipped his police cruiser several times and died after being ejected.
“It's really hard to believe that he's gone and what happened, but I'm so proud of everything he's accomplished,” said Dan Calvin, Deputy Calvin’s father.
Calvin, who was 31, enlisted in the Air Force after high school. He finished boot camp just after 9/11 and served in Iraq. He spent the last two-and-a-half years serving as a Tipton County sheriff's deputy.
“He loved doing police work. He loved helping people. That was just Jake,” said Dan Calvin.
On Saturday night, he was headed to help a driver injured in a crash. Ironically, he himself wasn't wearing a seatbelt as he sped to the accident scene.
“The hardest part is he's a very, very good driver and what happened is really hard to explain,” said Calvin.
So as people stop to pause for a moment to remember, a reminder from a father: “Never forget to tell your kids you love 'em. Life's short. And be proud of 'em."
Just like Jake's dad was proud of him.