Midland Deputy Remembered at Memorial Service

Midland Deputy Remembered at Memorial Service

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Dozens gathered Friday evening outside the Midland County Sheriff's Office to remember Sgt. Mike Naylor.

The 46-year-old deputy was shot and killed on October 9, 2014, while serving a warrant on a child sexual predator in the 3800 block of North County Road 1247.

He was assigned to the Mental Health Unit and served as an Honor Guard commander.

Lori Shaffer, a friend and former colleague of Naylor's, said the events of last year "still feel like yesterday."

"I remember every detail of that day," she told NewsWest 9 at the memorial service. "He was one of the most patriotic, most loving, most caring men that ever walked this earth."

Officers opened the ceremony with a 21-gun salute and watched as a stone carving was unveiled in front of the Sheriff's Office at 400 S. Main St.

The monument, donated in honor of Naylor, is inscribed with his name and the quote, "All gave some; some gave all."

"We worked closely and I miss him a lot," said Ed Krevit, Chief Deputy at the Midland County Sheriff's Office.

He recalled being in charge the day of the fatal shooting and the challenge of keeping his own emotions in check.

"It was a big test for me, having to be at the hospital and having to be at the crime scene," he told NewsWest 9.

Naylor was pronounced dead at Midland Memorial Hospital, but his ambitions have lived on at the Sheriff's Office and the Midland County Jail.

"One of the things he brought home to me is that we need to treat [inmates] before they get to the jail," said Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter. "This was something he was very passionate about before his death."

Naylor had a unique talent for recognizing which people could benefit more from psychiatric help than incarceration, the sheriff explained, in addition to a knack for communicating with "suspects in serious stress."

"Our goal right now is the prevention of people coming into the facility with mental crises," said Painter. "We're doing what Mike suggested and we're focusing on that."