Tipton Co. deputy’s father mourns following son’s death

FLORA, Ind. (WLFI) – For six years, Dan Calvin had been expecting a call telling him his son, Jacob, had died serving his country.

“I was always nervous that I’d get that phone call, you know, that something had gone awry,” said Dan.

Instead, that call came Saturday night, when 31-year-old Jacob was killed serving his community.

Jacob, a deputy with the Tipton County Sheriff’s office, was responding to a call when for an unknown reason, he swerved off the road, rolling his car several times.

“I’m hoping that I wake up from this nightmare and that’s all it was,” said Dan.

Jacob was taken to IU Health Tipton hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Jacob served six years in the Air Force before serving in law enforcement. It’s a job his father said he was born to do.

“He died doing what he loved to do,” said Dan.

Investigators are still working to determined what caused Jacob’s cruiser to leave the roadway. While many uncertainties still remain, there’s one thing Jacob’s girlfriend Sammi Hawkins is sure of.

“I was ready to be with him forever,” said Hawkins. “He was an amazing person.”

Hawkins said the two had recently been shopping for engagement rings.

While she’ll never get to experience the wedding she hoped for with Jacob, she said the time she did spend with him is something she’ll never forget.

“I’m lucky that I got to spend the time with him that I did,” said Hawkins.

Jacob graduated from Carroll High School in Flora, Ind. Funeral arrangements for Jacob are still pending.

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