Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Longway, 48, a Hillsborough High School graduate and Air Force veteran, was killed in a traffic crash in downtown Tampa early Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Longway leaves behind his wife, Laura, and two daughters.
Colleagues describe him as a "really good guy." He was a proactive deputy during his six years with the force, one who raced for charity and was honored for his actions on the job.
In April, 2009, he helped save a man threatening to jump off the roof of a business on Fletcher Avenue. In June, 2007, Longway was named "Law Enforcement Officer of the Month" by the North Tampa Chamber. He also has won the department's integrity grant scholarship.
Longway, who joined HCSO in 2004 after serving 21 years in the Air Force, was proud of wearing a uniform.
"This uniform is just a different color," Longway said after winning the scholarship. "I'm still serving. First it was my country, now it's my county."
Funeral arrangements are still being made.