The youngest deputy, hired by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, and his fiancée died after the pickup truck they were driving in was hit by an 18-wheeler Wednesday night in San Patricio County.
The deputy was identified as 20-year-old Noah Calderon. He was traveling to Corpus Christi with his fiancee and younger brother when they were involved in a tank truck accident near Texas 188 and FM 796. The tank truck could have driven a red light, said San Patricio Sheriff Oscar Rivera.
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Calderon’s fiancée, Samantha Grace Handy, was killed instantly and the deputy later died on the scene, Rivera said. Calderon’s younger brother, Luke Calderon, was helicoptered to San Antonio University Hospital in critical condition.
In a statement from Sheriff Javier Salazar, Calderon’s family asked for prayers, saying, “We are torn apart and we are still facing a miracle that my 13-year-old Luke will make a full recovery. He is in intensive care and needs several surgeries.”
Calderon was one of the youngest employees to join the department in recent years, graduating from BCSO’s Blue Shirt program in 2018 at the age of just 18. He worked in the internment office and planned to attend the Basic Peace Officer’s Academy in order to obtain his Texas peace officer license.
“Our community has lost a young man who would one day run this agency,” said Salazar.
Just a year ago, BCSO expressed its admiration for the young deputy on Facebook and said he made the department proud.
We’d like to congratulate our own – Deputy Noah Calderon – on taking the big step by closing his brand new home …
Posted by Bexar County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday March 31st, 2019
Calderon’s father Edward is a sergeant at BCSO. The young deputy was one of four children.
BCSO is making arrangements to return Calderon’s remains to San Antonio with an honorary escort on Friday.
The Texas Department of Public Security is investigating the crash. It is unclear whether the driver of the 18-wheeler will bring charges.
“We absolutely have to be careful on these highways as there is more at risk than just ourselves,” said Salazar.
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