Tipton County prepares to say goodbye to fallen officer

TIPTON, Ind. (WISH) – Tipton County is preparing to say goodbye to a sheriff’s deputy who was killed in a car crash last weekend.

Indiana State Police said 31-year-old Jacob Calvin was on his way to a crash on State Road 28 and County Road 500 West when he rolled his squad car.

Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon at Carroll High School in Flora. Calvin’s funeral will be held at the high school on Monday at 11 a.m.

“I called him a go-getter and he’s still a go-getter to this day to me,” said Tipton County Sheriff John Moses.

Calvin was only on the job for two and a half years. Moses said, in that time, he made a big impression on the team.

“You know being a young two and a half year officer, you had to pull the reigns a little bit and say, ‘Jake let’s think about some of this stuff,’” said Moses.

“[Jake] said, ‘maybe next year we’ll talk about this,’ and you know, I miss it, now I don’t have that next year,” he said.

Calvin is the third Tipton County Sheriff’s deputy to die tragically in the last eight years. In 2006, a jail commander was killed in a motorcycle accident. In 2011, Deputy Denny Pearson was electrocuted while making repairs to his home.

Pearson’s father visited a roadside memorial in Calvin’s honor and gave some advice to his family:

“Worst thing you can do is ask, ‘why,’ because God will tell you in his time,” Pearson said.

Deputy Calvin always wanted to be a K-9 Officer, so, in his honor the family and sheriff’s department set up a fund to buy a new police dog.

Their current dog is nearing retirement.

To donate to the fund, you can send a check to the Tipton County Foundation on 1020 West Jefferson Street in Tipton, Indiana. In the memo line, write “Calvin K-9 Fund.”

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