Andy Griffith, who passed away Tuesday, was a hero and role model for many law enforcement officers, including our own Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin.
"He's the epitome of what a peace officer should be. He's the epitome of the what I would like to be," Kaelin said. "We keep the peace in the community without having to put people in jail, and there are those times when even Andy had to put people in jail, but that was always the exception rather than the rule. And all of us who sat at home watching for 30 minutes, there was a lot said in those 30 minutes."
While times have changed, Kaelin said many of Sheriff Taylor's attributes can still be applied in today's law enforcement: good work ethic, and always remembering to protect and serve.