Goodbye to former officer with tough attitude

May 12, 2013 at 12:12 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

This week, we say farewell to another friend, John Allen Mays, who died May 1 at the age of 63.

I knew the big man from his days as a Victoria officer and private investigator. The last time I had a chance to visit with him, he had just come from a feed store, where he went to weigh himself. He was proud that morning because he was down to only 370 pounds.

I vividly remember the night when John was a patrol officer with the Victoria Police Department and, with another patrol unit, was in pursuit of a motorcycle driver on the campus of Victoria College.

The second unit was chasing the bike from the rear of the building, and John had parked his vehicle in the front, waiting for the fleeing suspect.

John had gotten out of his vehicle with his flashlight in hand, waiting for the suspect to drive past. When the cyclist passed John, he threw the heavy Maglite flashlight at him, hit him in the head, knocking him off the bike, which continued a few feet before hitting a bump. The bump sent the cycle into the air, and when it hit the ground, it was a total loss.

John pounced on the driver and arrested him and said, "When you get out of jail, you're going to buy me a new flashlight. Count on it."

Several weeks later, John showed me his brand-new Maglite. John Mays will be missed by a lot of people.

Bob Nance, Victoria



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