Deputy dies after being attacked by injured cow

(RNN) - Funeral arrangements are pending for the Smith County deputy attacked by an injured cow.

Fifty-four year old Robert Britton was hit by the animal last week while directing traffic in Bullard.  Witnesses said the cow charged Britton, and he hit his head on the pavement.  For nearly four days, Britton fought for his life in a Tyler hospital.

Thousands prayed for him to pull through and now those same people are offering prayers for his family.  Colleagues said East Texas has lost a model deputy and a good friend.

"He was an outstanding guy. He's going to be very, very missed. He was an asset and also a good friend," Patrol Sgt. Thomas Burnes said.

"He could walk up and say one little bitty thing and make the whole world seem a little bit better."

Burnes says if you worked with Deputy Britton, you couldn't help but be inspired.

"An amazing guy," said Burnes. "Just full of life. He joked a lot. He was one of the deputies you could work with and if you were having a bad day, I mean he would just cheer you up right off the bat."

Deputy Britton worked for the sheriff's office for 19 years.  Authorities are still looking for the owner of that cow.

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