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Hero Down: Bexar County Deputy Noah Calderon And Fiance Killed In Crash With 18-Wheeler

San Patricio County, TX – Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Noah Calderon and his fiancé were killed when an 18-wheeler crashed into their pickup truck on Aug. 12.

The 20-year-old deputy was the youngest person to ever be hired by the sheriff’s office, KSAT reported.

The tragic collision occurred as Deputy Calderon was traveling with his fiancé, 21-year-old Samantha Grace Handy, and his younger brother, 13-year-old Luke, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

As they approached the intersection of FM 796 and Texas 188, a tanker truck slammed into their vehicle, San Patricio Sheriff Oscar Rivera told the paper.

The driver of the 18-wheeler may have ran through a red light, according to Sheriff Rivera.

Samantha died on impact, the sheriff said.

“[Noah] was able to get himself up, crawl to his brother,” the fallen deputy’s father, BCSO Sergeant Edward Calderon, told KSAT. “He crawled to his fiancée and tried to save them, but he just couldn’t have the strength.”

Deputy Calderon died at the scene, Sheriff Rivera told the San Antonio Express-News.

A helicopter rushed Luke to University Hospital in San Antonio.

The critically-injured teen was admitted to the intensive care unit, and is paralyzed from the waist down due to his injuries, KSAT reported.

“We are deeply torn apart and still face a miracle for my 13-year-old Luke to fully recover,” Deputy Calderon’s family said in a statement, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “He’s in ICU and needs several surgeries.”

The fatal crash remains under investigation, and it is unknown whether or not the driver of the tanker truck will face any charges.

Sgt. Calderon said he is proud to know that his son’s last act of bravery was to try to help those he loved, KSAT reported.

“Noah, I love you, I’m proud of you, and I’m proud to be your dad,” Sgt. Calderon said.

Deputy Calderon joined BCSO at just 18 years old, KSAT reported.

Sgt. Calderon said that his son was destined to be a law enforcement officer.

“His heart was just there, full of joy, and he loved his job. He really did,” the sergeant said. “He’s going to be truly missed by all of us.”

Deputy Calderon was slated to begin the Basic Peace Officer’s Academy later this month.

“Our community lost a young man that was absolutely going to run this agency one of these days,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told the San Antonio Express-News.

Sgt. Calderon said he’s confident his son would have been at the top of his academy class, KSAT reported.

He said it is “an honor to have a son that’s done so much in his life in the 20 years that he was here,” KSAT reported.

The young deputy was assigned to the BCSO Adult Detention Center at the time of his death.

“As an agency, we mourn the loss of a great man and a brother in blue,” Sheriff Salazar said, according to KSAT. “I ask that you keep Noah’s family, friends and everyone affected in your prayers.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Noah Calderon, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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