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Senator Van Taylor: District 8
Press Release
April 5, 2017
Contact: Lonnie Dietz
(512) 463-0108
Senator Taylor: "The heroes of the Collin County Sheriff's Department and law enforcement officers across our county put their lives on the line to keep our families and community safe -- we are all in their debt."

AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today recognized the Collin County Sheriff's Department on the Senate floor. Representing the Sheriff's Department in the Senate Chamber were Sheriff Jim Skinner, Deputy Charles "Chuck" Sibley, Lieutenant Tami McCullough, Commander Matt Langan, and Assistant Chief Terry McCraw. The Texas Senate unanimously passed a resolution commending Deputy Sibley and Lieutenant McCullough for their heroic actions that saved the lives of four individuals.

Senator Taylor stated, "The heroes of the Collin County Sheriff's Department and law enforcement officers across our county put their lives on the line to keep our families and community safe -- we are all in their debt. It was a great honor to pause at the beginning of today's legislative session to recognize the bravery and dedication of our law enforcement officers and highlight the extraordinary actions of Deputy Chuck Sibley and Lieutenant Tami McCullough. The distinguished service from our law enforcement professionals helps keep our area the very best place to live, work, and raise a family. Anne and I want to extend our heartfelt appreciation and admiration for all they do for our communities."

At great risk to his own safety, Deputy Sibley drove into an approaching tornado to warn customers and staff at several stores near Copeville. He then drove through flying debris to track the storm and report its progress to other emergency personnel. After arriving in Farmersville he blocked Southbound traffic on Highway 78 until the storm passed. After learning that the tornado devastated much of the Copeville community, Deputy Selby returned to assist with search and rescue operations. The Hilltop grocery store took a direct hit, but because of Deputy Sibley's heroic and timely warning three people survived the storm uninjured in a shelter.

A fifteen year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, Lieutenant McCullough responded to a medical emergency in the detention facility where an inmate had choked on a mouthful of food and was laying on the floor without a pulse. Acting with skill and dispatch, Lieutenant McCullough performed chest compressions on the man and cleared his airway. She continued to perform CPR until medical personnel arrived and escorted the inmate to a local hospital. He is alive today thanks to Lieutenant McCullough's swift intervention.

Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner was grateful that McCullough and Sibley were recognized, stating, "I am humbled that Senator Van Taylor and his colleagues in the Texas Senate would honor my two deputies in this way. But for the bravery and quick thinking of these two peace officers, four of our citizens would have certainly perished. Lieutenant McCullough and Deputy Sibley are perfect examples of likeminded law enforcement professionals across this State who are willing to act decisively or risk all to ensure that we can live safely in our communities. I am very proud of them, knowing that each of them, in completely different circumstances, took decisive action and it saved lives. God bless them both.”

After Senator Taylor's recognition, Sheriff Skinner, Deputy Sibley, Lieutenant McCullough, Commander Langan, and Assistant Chief McCraw were greeted by the other Senators and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. Senator Taylor authored Senate Resolution 581 honoring the Collin County Sheriff's Department for its distinguished service to its community, which passed the Senate unanimously.

A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission and is also member of the Natural Resources and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Nominations Committees. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.

PHOTOS ATTACHED: Sheriff Skinner, Deputy Sibley, Lieutenant McCullough, Commander Langan, Assistant Chief McCraw (left to right) recognized on Senate floor and greeted by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senator Van Taylor.

Taylor photo

Taylor photo