GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Gadsden County Sheriffs Department said goodbye to one of their own Friday, Deputy Brian Keith Faison.
After 26 years serving the department, Faison died after battling COVID-19.
Hundreds of people in the community, including first responders came to show their respects.
The department said Faison's passing came as a blow to them as coronavirus numbers grow in the county.
Sheriff Morris Young said the deputy will be remembered for his caring heart and passion for the people he served.
"I thought about all the times Brian would come by and check on me. Brian was showing love and this is what we need in this world today and he's going to be well missed," said Young.
His patrol car was dawned with a black drape in honor of him.
Other than his welcoming nature, people say his skill made him one of the best at his job.
"When it came to solving a case he was like a hound-dog when we really needed to get it done Brian would get it done," said Young.
Deputy Faison died at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee on Jan. 2.
Faison leaves behind his wife and children.
The department asks that people remember the dangers of the coronavirus to continue to protect their community and the men and women who keep the community safe