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Midland County Sheriff Opens Up About Fallen Deputy

by Justin Kree    
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Deputy Michael Naylor was an irreplaceable asset to the Midland County Sheriff's Office. He served the people with honor and died doing what he loved. 

Deputy Naylor started working under Sheriff Gary Painter in 2001. Since then he has become a certified mental health instructor for the Department. Sheriff Painter says the way he could talk to people was truly a gift.

"His job was to keep them out of jail. He did that tremendously. He could go talk to somebody and quickly have them assessed and have them talking to him. He got them to the location they needed to go. He had a knack for it," Midland County Sheriff, Gary Painter, said.

Naylor started the Mental Health Unit at the Sheriff's Office and he started the Honor Guard as well. Something the entire Department will miss.

"He was a tremendous asset to this Department and the County," Painter said.

NewsWest 9 asked the Sheriff how will the department move forward.

"We have lost a family member. You can't replace that," Painter said

The Sheriff tells NewsWest 9 it will take some time but they have to go on.

"Mike served with honor and he died in an honorable way. I think that says it all," Painter said.

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