SAN ANTONIO — The youngest person to be hired by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office died overnight in a crash with an 18-wheeler, sources at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera said Thursday morning.
Noah Calderon was 18 years old when he was hired by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office in 2018 as part of the agency's Blue Shirt program, making history as the agency's youngest hire in recent years.
Sources said Calderon, his fiancee and younger brother were heading to Corpus Christi when they were involved with a crash with an 18-wheeler. Calderon and his fiancee died at the scene, sources said, while Calderon's younger brother was taken to University Hospital via AirLife with critical injuries.
San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera posted images of the crash Thursday morning, writing, "The crash was on Tx188 and FM 796 between Sinton and Mathis. It appears that a tanker truck may have failed to yield and collided with the victims."
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar shared the following statement on Calderon's death:
“It is with a heavy heart that I report, Deputy Noah Calderon, who was assigned to the Detention Bureau, was killed last night in a car crash. Preliminary information is that Noah, his fiancée, and his younger brother were traveling to Corpus Christi when an 18-wheeler struck their vehicle. It is reported that the 18-wheeler may have run a stop sign. Noah’s fiancée was killed on impact. Noah died shortly thereafter, and his little brother was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio by AirLIFE. The young man is currently in surgery with critical injuries. Noah’s father, Patrol Sergeant Edward Calderon and his wife, are with their young son, and the family is in need of our prayers at this time. BCSO Family Assistance deputies are making arrangements to transport Noah’s remains back to San Antonio tomorrow, Friday, August 14, 2020. As an agency we mourn the loss of a great man and our brother in blue. I ask that you keep Noah’s family, friends and everyone affected in your prayers.”
The Sheriff's Office celebrated Calderon and his achievements, posting last year that Calderon had bought his own home at 19.
"Deputy Calderon who initially graduated as an 18-year-old Blue Shirt Deputy, turned 19 years old back in January and is currently working at the Adult Detention Center," the sheriff's office wrote in a Facebook post. "Keep up the great work, you’ve made us proud!"