Moved to tears by the large sendoff he received at the Law Enforcement Center, veteran sheriff’s deputy Brian Lundy retired Friday from a 21-year career with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
    Dozens of guests including his wife, Yvonne, and other family members, colleagues and friends crowded into a large room at the Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff Vance Hill presented Lundy, 57, with a plaque, a Henry .22 caliber special edition law enforcement rifle and a 1911 .38 caliber pistol.
    Both firearms were bought with employee donations.
    Texas House District 60 Rep. Mike Lang then presented Lundy with a Texas flag that flew over the state capitol earlier this month.
    “We just love you, brother,” Hill told Lundy.
    “I love every body here,” Lundy said.
    Struggling for words for several second, Lundy finally said, “I can’t talk.”
    Lundy managed to choke out a few additional words. “I’m just proud to have had the opportunity. Thank you.”
    Quiet, good humored and hard working, Lundy spent his entire law enforcement career with the sheriff’s office and spent the past few years working in the warrants and transport division. Lundy also served in the Air Force.
    “You all are looking at a true Davy Crockett right here,” Hill said of Lundy. “Tennessee-born, New York … somehow he wound up in Central Texas through the Air Force, and his beautiful bride right over there — she’s from Mills County. That’s the reason.
    “But Brian is a sheriff’s deputy. This guy — you don’t have to tell him (anything). He goes out there, he gets it done, and I guarantee you, he can do more work than five deputies all by himself. When he comes on duty, it’s time for him to go to work. There ain’t no messing around.”
      Lundy said the sendoff and gifts were “overwhelming … overwhelming for me. I’m just a regular person that tried to help out. I just tried to do a job.”