Memories of Mike Naylor and How You Can Help
Yesterday, my friend Mike Naylor was murdered while serving a warrant in Midland County.
The first thing I thought when I heard the news that a Deputy was injured, was to pray. I have so many friends in law enforcement that the chances that it might be someone I know was pretty good. It was a punch to the gut when I found out that it was Mike. Then I started praying for his wife.
A few weeks ago, my friend Dennis and his wife and Mike and his wife had invited me to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. It was good to get out and see some friends that I don't get to see nearly often enough. We talked about guns, politics and the plans he and Denise were making. We ended the night in the parking lot saying we'd do this again soon. Who could have known that it would be the last time I'd see Mike alive.
I met Mike and his wife at the range a few years ago while he and Dennis were teaching a CHL class. I immediately liked him; he had a way of making you feel at ease. He was a friendly, easy going soul. The more I learned about Mike, the more I liked him. His accomplishments and character distinguished him in service to his country and community. He was one of the very good guys. Those who worked with him and knew him better are devastated by his loss. Keep them in your prayers also.
Let me stop here and say that the restraint showed by law enforcement in the apprehension of the alleged murderer was a credit to their character and professionalism. Mike was the first Deputy murdered on duty in Midland County's history and our community is diminished by his loss.
Over the hours and days that follow this senseless tragedy, you'll hear of ways that you can be of help to his family; please honor the memory of this great man by doing what you can to help.
Mike, I know you are looking down on us from Heaven. I wish I had known you better my brother, but I know I'll see you again.