Deputy Sheriff Robert Britton Smith County Sheriff’s Office Texas EoW: Monday, March 28, 2011

Photograph: Deputy Sheriff Robert BrittonPatch image: Smith County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Robert Britton
Smith County Sheriff’s Office

End of Watch: Monday, March 28, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 54
Tour of Duty: 19 years
Badge Number: 54

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Animal related
Date of Incident: Thursday, March 24, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Sheriff Robert Britton succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when he was attacked by an injured cow while directing traffic around the animal.
He had responded to the scene after a vehicle struck and injured the cow on Farm Road 344. As he directed traffic around the animal it charged him and knocked him into the air. He landed on his head and suffered severe head injuries. The cow continued attacking him until other deputies were able to pull him to safety.
Deputy Britton was transported to East Texas Medical Center where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.
Deputy Britton had served with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years. He is survived by his two children.

Agency Contact Information
Smith County Sheriff’s Office
106 East Elm Street
Tyler, TX 75702
Phone: (903) 590-2600
Please contact the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

TYLER, TX (KLTV)- A Smith County deputy has died, days after he was attacked by an injured cow. Deputy Robert Britton, 54, was hit by the animal while directing traffic in Bullard. One of Britton’s colleagues says East Texas has lost a model deputy and a good friend.

"He could walk up and say one little bitty thing and make the whole world seem a little bit better."

Patrol Sgt. Thomas Burnes says if you worked with Deputy Britton, you couldn’t help but be inspired.

"An amazing guy," said Burnes. "Just full of life. He joked a lot. He was one of the deputies you could work with and if you were having a bad day, I mean he would just cheer you up right off the bat."

Burnes says the veteran peace officer always did what’s best for humanity; he thrived in the line of duty.

"He wouldn’t of missed a day for anything in the world," said Burnes.

Last week, Britton was called to help divert traffic around an injured cow. Bullard Police Chief Gary Lewis says few noticed the cow started to stand until it was too late.

"He run right at us standing there and I moved to the left and Mr. Britton backed straight up and the cow kind of hit him chest high," said Lewis.

For nearly four days, Britton fought for his life at a Tyler hospital. Thousands prayed for him to pull through, and now, those same people are offering prayers for his family.

"He was an outstanding guy. He’s going to be very, very missed. He was an asset and also a good friend," said Burnes.

A friend who put his life on the line for 19 years. Funeral arrangements are pending for the fallen officer. The sheriff’s office says they’re still trying to find the cow’s owner.


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