DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS0(60119)-THE PASSING AND CELEBRATION OF LIFE OF MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF PAINTER

MIDLAND COUNTY/MIDLAND, TEXAS/JUNE 1, 2019-DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF SUNDAY, MAY 26TH, 2019 A WAVE OF DISSBELIEF CAME CRASHING OVER THE RESIDENTS OF MIDLAND AFTER TO WAS REPORTED THAT THE BELOVED SHERIFF OF MIDLAND COUNTY HAD PASSED AWAY.

(DEPUTY CHIEF RORY MCKINNEY, MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

GARY PAINTER WAS SWORN-IN AS SHERIFF IN 1985 AND WAS PLANNING FOR RE-ELECTION. SHERIFF PAINTER WAS THE SECOND LONGEST SERVING SHERIFF IN MIDLAND COUNTY.

(DEPUTY CHIEF RORY MCKINNEY, MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

SHERIFF GARY PAINTER MADE A MAJOR IMPACT ON HIS STAFF, THE RESIDENTS OF MIDLAND, THE PERMIAN BASIN, STATE OF TEXAS.

(DEPUTY CHIEF RORY MCKINNEY, MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

THE CITY OF MIDLAND SEEMED TO HAVE AN EERIE SILENCE AND A HEAVINESS IN CONTEXT TO LOSS OF SHERIFF GARY PAINTER.

(DALE LITTLE, MIDLAND COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL/MIDLAND COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT)

A MEMORIAL TO SHERIFF PAINTER WAS ASSEMBLED AT HIS PARKING SPACE AT THE MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. HOWEVER, DUE TO RAINY WEATHER EARLIER IN THE WEEK, THE MEMORIAL WAS MOVED CLOSE TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE. THE PUBLIC WAS INVITED TO COME OUT AND VISIT THE MEMORIAL OF THE ICONIC SHERIFF. LEADER, FRIEND AND FAMILY MAN

ON THRUSDAY, MAY 30,TH AT APPROXIMATELY 10:30AM DOZENS OF MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE VEHICLES BEGAN ARRIVING AT THE HORSE SHOE ARENA.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WAS SERVED TO MEMBERS OF THE VARIOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES FROM ACROSS THE STATE, THAT CAME TO PAY THEIR LAST RESPECTS TO SHERIFF GARY PAINTER.

APPROXIMATELY 3 THOUSAND PEOPLE, THAT INCLUDED LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL, RESIDENTS OF MIDLAND, ODESSA AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES AND MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL MEDIA ATTENDED SHERIFF GARY PAINTER’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE.

(POLICE CHIEF SETH HERMAN, MIDLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT-MIDLAND, TEXAS)

(TERRY JOHNSON, MIDLAND COUNTY JUDGE-MIDLAND, TEXAS)

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Author: Danny Barrera