Community prepares to say goodbye to fallen officer from Flora

Tipton County sheriff deputy Jacob Calvin

TIPTON, Ind. (WISH) – Tipton and Carroll Counties are preparing to say goodbye to a sheriff’s deputy who was killed in a car crash this past 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 Jr./Sr. 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.”

Calvin’s funeral will be followed by a procession to the Maple Lawn Cemetery. The route is as follows:

Leave Carroll High School and travel east on SR 18
• North on CR 300E
• West on CR 100N
• South on SR 75
• East on Main Street provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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