JEFFERSON COUNTY- One word: "Phenomenal" is how friends are describing fallen Jefferson County Sergeant David Baldwin, who was killed on Sunday when an SUV hit his motorcycle head on, as he patrolled Highway 93.
For 27 years, Sgt. Baldwin dedicated his work life to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. For 20 of those years, Lt. James Lucas called Sgt. Baldwin a friend.
"I will miss Dave tremendously, I'll tell you--not only at work, but just the man that Dave was," he said.
Lt. Lucas said Sgt. Baldwin loved his work-- loved the motorcycle that went along with that job-- but Sgt. Baldwin also put one thing above all else.
"Dave was a dedicated family man. His family meant more to Dave than just about anything," Lt. Lucas said. "Dave was not just a law enforcement officer, a servant of the community, but was a very productive, outgoing happy, fun, great person away from work as well."
It was a sentiment echoed by Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink.
"Dave was one of those guys who never had a bad day, always had a smile on his face, never had a bad thing to say about anybody," Sheriff Mink said. "Dave was one of those rare people that everybody in this organization has nothing but the highest regard for-- so, that you can't replace. That's what we'll miss."
"Certainly, the sheriff's office has lost a very valuable, trusted and reliable member of the sheriff's office," Lt. Lucas said. "But the loss, honestly, goes much deeper than that."
Sgt. Baldwin is survived by a wife and son. The Sheriff's Office tells 9News that during his years with the motorcycle unit, Sgt. Baldwin rode in nearly every officer's funeral in the metro area. They expect motorcycle units from across the area to be out in full force when he is laid to rest. Those arrangements have not yet been made public.
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