Tipton sheriff's deputy laid to rest today

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A Tipton County sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty was laid to rest today. The funeral for Deputy Jake Calvin was held in the Carroll High School gymnasium in Flora.

Deputy Calvin was heading to the scene of an accident last weekend when his patrol car left the roadway and rolled several times throwing him out of the car. He died at the scene.

Friends, family and fellow officers filed into Carroll High School Sunday for Calvin's visitation. Dozens were there for his viewing, which began with a somber flag ceremony.

"Deputy Sheriff Jacob Calvin gave his life to answer a call for help," said one member of the law enforcement community. "He sacrificed to serve another. In this selfless act, his spirit will live on always in the Tipton County community and across the state. He is a Hoosier hero and will be remembered always."

Calvin's high school football coach remembered him as someone who just wanted to take care of others.

"I knew back then he was going to serve and protect others. That was his love and that was his calling," said coach Steve Cowan. "He had a smile that would light up the day."

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said colleagues will "always remember the kind and unselfish part of Jake."

"His commitment to others, his servant's heart, his friendship and his dedication to something much greater than himself," Carter said.

Sheriff John Moses said Calvin always wanted to do everything to save everybody and the night of the accident was no different.

His brother in an emotional moment said, "Jake would prefer that we celebrate his life because Jake was living his dream doing what he loved at the time of that car crash."

Calvin was 31 years old and spent the last two and a half years working as a deputy in Tipton County. Before that, he served in the Air Force and did a tour in Iraq.

"He was always willing to help, whatever you needed. From a helping hand to an ear to listen," said friend Todd Price.

Besides comforting Calvin's loved ones, Pastor Steve Cole spoke directly to the many officers in attendance.

"My heart is heavy for your camaraderie, because of the difficult weekend that you have experienced through the loss of two more of your own," Cole said.

Military-style honors continued at Calvin's graveside service, with the folding and preservation of the flag and the promise that Calvin will never be forgotten.

Moses said he's using Calvin's accident as a lesson to stress to the other deputies that even though you want to arrive at scenes quickly, you have to do it safely. If you don't get there, you can't help anyone.

Calvin always wanted to be a K-9 officer, so a fund has been set up in his name to buy a new police dog.

A blood drive will be held to benefit fallen officers at Flora United Methodist Church, 107 E. Main Street in Flora, July 17, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The American Red Cross is participating in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive Campaign. This is the eighth year the Red Cross will host blood drives across Indiana to honor fallen officers and raise awareness of the need for blood.Janice Starnes, whose husband Sergeant Daniel Starnes was killed in the line of duty in 2001, founded the campaign and continues to organize it each year. "Most encouraging," Starnes says, "is that the blood drives continue to grow and our officers are not forgotten thanks to the people who come to give blood in their memory."

Last year, every county in Indiana held at least one Fallen Officer blood drive and more than 30,000 units of blood have been collected since the 2007 start of the Fallen Officer blood drives. Find a blood drive in your area.