Honoring the Life of Sergeant Michael Joe Naylorby Representative K. Michael Conaway
Posted on 2015-12-10
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Mr. CONAWAY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the life of Sgt.
Michael Joe Naylor of the Midland County Sheriff's Department. Sadly,
Sgt. Naylor was taken from us in the line of duty on October 9, 2014.
Sgt. Naylor's life was dedicated to the service of his community and our county. After graduating from high school, Mike enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served 26 honorable years and earning the rank of Senior Master Sergeant before retiring.
After retiring from the military in 1999, Mike joined the Midland County Sheriff's Department. Through the years, Mike rose through the ranks and served as a leader on the police force. He was actively involved in many initiatives within the department, most notably serving as Commander of the Midland County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard. In addition to serving as a Deputy Sheriff, Mike was also an emergency medical technician. Mike's noble duty to always protect others is one of the many reasons that made him special to Midland County.
Anybody who knew Mike would say that he was a compassionate and selfless professional that went above and beyond to serve his fellow man. His lifetime of service was recently recognized by the state of Texas with the renaming of State Highway 191 as the ``Sergeant Michael Naylor Memorial Highway''. I had the privilege to be a part of this dedication ceremony and am grateful for that opportunity.
On December 27th, we will be celebrating Mike's 48th birthday. Although the wounds of his loss are still fresh in the hearts of many back home, we must all come together and remember all of the good that Mike offered to the world. We are blessed to have individuals like Mike that serve our communities. His service exemplifies every aspect of the American spirit and makes our communities stronger and safer. His life is an example of how one's service can make their home a better place. His legacy will forever be carried on by his wife Denise, the rest of his immediate family, and his family of first responders.