MIDLAND, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- October 9th, 2014, a day the Midland County Sheriff’s Department lost one of their own. Wednesday, coming together to honor him 5 years later on Mike Naylors Remembrance Day.
“Mike was a person that you could count on at any moment, you could ask him something to do he would be there to back you, to help you, he would give you his shirt off his back he was just a great human being both on-duty and off-duty,” says Captain Donald Graham.
He adds that Naylor was strict but also showed compassion and warmth to those struggling with a mental illness.
“He was very well trained in mental health and he was an essential tool for us and the county itself to address that problem that we are seeing to this present day.”
Naylor passing away while on duty and his community left to honor his memory.
“We remember the sacrifices they make on the line of duty and it’s sad to see that we have to do this more frequently,” says Graham.
Meanwhile, hearts are still heavy at MCSO as they continue to grieve the loss of the late Sheriff, Gary Painter.
Graham saying “sorry I get a little emotional when I talk about Gary; right now we are still trying to recover it’s a loss that we can’t replace.”