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Dozens Line the Streets Outside of Viewing for Deputy Naylor

 by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A time for sorrow and grief turned into a touching tribute to Deputy Mike Naylor who was killed in the line of duty last week. 

People who knew him, and even those who didn't, all chose to line the streets outside of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home to come together as a community during this difficult time. 

"It's awesome that everybody is coming together to show their support, I really appreciate everybody coming through," Bernice Rodriguez, who worked with Deputy Naylor, said. "He was a real great, great man. I got to meet him and know him for a lot of years; such a great man." 

"I wanted to come out here just to show my support for the family and for the duty that he did, that he did for our town of Midland," Ann Franklin said. "And let the family know that we in Midland appreciated him and for what he done." 

It seems like everyone has had some sort of connection with Deputy Naylor. Some worked with him at the Sheriff's Department, others knew him for his hard work at the mental health unit that he created. 

"I used to work with Sergeant Naylor since 2001 in the jail, and it just broke my heart to hear what happened to him, so I'm just here showing support with my girls," Rodriguez said. 

"He's involved in so much and means so much to our community that I felt that we all needed to stand together as Midlanders to support our community," Erika Stack, who helped organize the event, said. 

It's obvious this tragedy has had an impact on the city of Midland, but they're still coming together for this fallen hero. 

"They are the ones that watch our backs when we're sleeping at night, so I think it's only appropriate that we kind of stand up for him when he can't anymore," Todd Stack said. 

Deputy Naylor's funeral will be held Tuesday morning at Crestview Baptist Church in Midland at 10 a.m., and the burial will take place at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Hobbs, NM at 3 p.m. MST. 

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