BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - The death of a Bryan County deputy in the line of duty has garnered national attention. The Sheriff's office mailbox has been overflowing since it happened with cards, letters and small gifts from all over the country. ON Monday, deputies surprised the fallen deputy's family with some of them.
"We're never going to forget Jarid." said Bryan County,Under Sheriff Joey Tucker.
Tuesday, January 14th, Bryan County Sheriff's Deputy Jarid Taylor was on his way to a 911 call when his car ran into a tree. The 31-year-old fiance and father of two was pronounced dead at the scene.
"I made the notification after that incident. Hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. I hope I never have to do it again." said Sheriff Johnny Christian.
Christian said that morning replays in his head often. He knows the loss is hard for everyone at the sheriff's office.
"The bond that we have at this office is greater than any bond I've ever seen at any office, I'm very proud to be a part of that bond and Jarid was a very strong foundation of that bond, he is very, very missed." said Tucker.
Knowing they're not mourning alone has helped everyone. Immediately, letters, cards, trinkets - everything from flags to medals, began pouring in after it happened. Symbols of hope, for Taylor's friends and family.
"Every morning our guys wake up, put on our boots, strap on our vests and badges, and they don't think about what's gonna happen during their shift, or at the end of their shift, and we've all come to the realization that anything could happen at any time," said Tucker.
"When you leave home, you never know when you leave that doorstep. That's why the I love you's are given out, hugs are given out. Never be afraid to tell someone you love them, and try to always answer the phone when you get a call, because that one time you miss it, it might wear on you later," said Christian.