The picturesque scene that painted the sky Saturday morning lay ironic to the horrors that happened just hours before, when Sergeant Michael Todd May of the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department was killed while assisting in the pursuit of a man accused of a hit-and-run.
"People just genuinely liked him," says an emotional Sheriff Al Kisner of Monongalia County." He had a great sense of humor. The guys that worked for him, really liked him, and respected him a lot. He was an excellent deputy, he knew his job, and was an intelligent person and did a great job for us for the ten years he was here."
The passing of Sgt. May was the first fatality in the line of duty in Sheriff Al Kisner's 34-years with the department, leaving a gaping hole in the hearts of those closest to him.
"We're all devastated," says Chief Rick Adkins of the Monongalia Co. Sheriff's Department. "He's particularly close to a lot of the other deputies here, and we really don't even know where we're going right now with this."
For more than ten years, Sgt. May served Monongalia County proudly. He was a man that co-workers say they could always count on.
"A good memory I can remember of Todd, is, and through the department it was a going thing, that anytime there was a warrant that needed to be served where nobody could find the person, or we'd about given up on it, I'd call Todd, and say work on this," says Lt. Perry Palmer of the Monongalia Co. Sheriff's Department. "Todd seemed to be the one that would either tell me the guy was out of the United States, or he'd bring him in to arraign him."
His friends say he had a great sense of humor that carried over outside of his work, where he loved the great outdoors, his motorcycles, and being with his friends.
"(May) was very conscientious about what he did," says Sheriff Kisner. "Had a lot of friends, has a lot of friends and his family, obviously are thoughts and prayers are with them."
Sergeant May was 41. He is survived by a brother and his parents.