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.