ORANGE - Orange Police Captain, Robert Enmon thought he'd never hear the sad news about the death of Orange County Sheriff's Captain, Thomas Ray, taken too soon.
"I've known him most of my career. Fantastic guy." Enmon said.
The two shared the same titles but for different departments but that did not stop them from helping one another during investigations. "He assisted several of the departments around here. Very professional and just a good cop." Enmon told 12News.
Ray started his law enforcement career with the Orange County Sheriff's office back in 1993 as a Reserve Patrol Deputy. The husband and father of two also served ten years on the Orange County Area Law Enforcement Swat Team.
The 46-year-old even served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Municipal Police Association known as the TMPA.
The association released this statement to 12News on Monday:
"Tom Ray’s passing is very painful to everyone who knew him. He was an outstanding man, father, husband, friend, co-worker and peace officer. He spent his entire life serving his fellow man. He was a leader in his department, his profession, his church and his community. He was a remarkable example and role model for everyone who had the good fortune to know him.He will be sorely missed, and we are all better people simply because he passed our way."
Enmon tells 12News he learned many things from Captain Ray, but one thing he learned was to always smile.
"He had a fantastic smile. He can be serious during a sad situation but you can look at him at some point and smile."
Captain Ray's funeral will be held at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur Thursday from 11A.M. to 2P.M.
© 2017 KBMT-TV