Community prepares to say goodbye to fallen officer from Flora

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

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