TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – The father of a Tipton County deputy who died in an on-duty car crash is mourning the loss of his son.
“It’s just something that it makes, a numb, hollow feeling in you,” Dan Calvin told 24-Hour News 8.
His son, 31-year-old Tipton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jacob Calvin, died Saturday night after being thrown from his squad car. Calvin was on his way to an accident when his car ran off the road.
After six years in the Air Force, Deputy Calvin went on to serve Tipton County.
“I was proud of him, he’s accomplished a lot in his life. He’s served the country in Iraq,” Dan said.
With his son back in the US, Dan thought he could finally rest a little easier. But Saturday night, he got the call he never wanted.
“I always kind of expected a call. I was on edge when he was in Iraq, you know, that you could get a call like that,” Dan said.
Dan hopes his loss will stir appreciation for others who wear a badge.
“I just hope people realize what these individuals go through on a daily basis to keep our communities safe,” he said.
Indiana State Police say they don’t know what caused Calvin to run off the road, and in such a rural area, they may never find out.
“I’m really proud of him, our family, l was proud of him and he was a great individual,” Dan said.
ISP is still investigating the accident, but it looks like Calvin was not wearing a seatbelt. They’re asking anyone who may have seen anything, to call ISP or the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department.
Calvin’s family is working on arrangements for his memorial services. Police said once the plans are made, they’ll go to Tipton County and work with other police departments, to cover deputies’ shifts and make sure all the deputies can pay their respects.