BELTON — Bell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Adam Davis’ name has been added to the list of Texas law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2013.
Davis, 36, the 12th law enforcement officer on that list, died Wednesday morning from injuries sustained in a Dec. 1 crash, Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange said.
Davis had been in critical condition in Scott & White Hospital in Temple since Dec. 1, after his vehicle failed to negotiate a turn while he was answering a call in rural Bell County. Doctors pulled Davis off a respirator Wednesday morning.
Lange announced Davis’ death Wednesday morning over the department’s radio system, saying, “Rest assured. There is one more angel out there watching your back.”
Davis is survived by his wife and 10-year-old son. He came from a family of law enforcement officials.
Davis’ family had been by his side since the accident, taking shifts when necessary to rest, Lt. Donnie Adams said.
The accident happened as Davis answered a call around 9 a.m. Dec. 1, which later proved unfounded, of a possible “man with a gun” at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 1237 and Old Texas 81. Davis said he was the closest to the call and headed from the area of Texas 317, went onto FM 1237 and failed to make a sharp 90-degree left turn. His vehicle flipped several times before landing in a yard, Adams said.
Davis had been with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department as a reserve officer since 2007 and was a part-time deputy during the summer. He became a full-time deputy in August.
“In August I helped him make his dream come true, to become a full-time deputy. Adam loved his job,” Lange said.
Davis also served as a police officer with departments in Troy and Rogers.
“He worked every day 100 percent. He was a great guy,” Davis’ shift supervisor Sgt. Bob Reinhard said.
Davis was described as a funny man and a prankster. “What did I learn from Adam? I learned how to stay out of the way of his antics,” Reinhard said with a laugh. “There was this one occasion with a rattlesnake. … But it was just us guys having good, old-fashioned fun.”
A viewing and funeral service is planned at the Bell County Expo Center. The viewing is from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and the funeral is at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Lange said. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
“Adam was something special,” Lange said. “He was our friend and shall forever be our friend. He will be greatly missed.”