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Charles County sheriff’s officers are mourning the death of Sgt. Robert Taylor, a 24-year veteran of the force who died of natural causes June 26 while on a family vacation in Mexico.

Taylor, 46, of La Plata was a member of the department’s traffic operations unit, whose duties included investigating motor vehicle crashes and conducting traffic safety operations.

He began working at the department in 1988 as a correctional officer at the Charles County jail in La Plata. He became a sworn police officer in August 1997 and started working as a patrolman. Taylor was transferred to the traffic unit in January 2005.

Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey said in a department release that Taylor “was a remarkable man who loved his family, his job and the community he served.

“His passing is shocking to all of us who valued his friendship and admired his professionalism. He will be sorely missed,” Coffey (D) said, according to the release.

Taylor leaves behind his wife, Tiffany, and two children — Madison, 12, and Austin, 10.

“Robert was an amazing husband, daddy, son, brother and friend,” Tiffany Taylor said in the release. “He had a heart of gold and was admired by many. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was always willing to help others whether he was on or off duty. He admired his two beautiful children and cherished every moment he had with them. Our hearts are breaking for our loss of such an incredible person. He will be missed beyond expression.”

Taylor was known for his “nice smile and friendly face” and love riding his motorcycle, the release states.

In memory of Taylor, the Charles County and departmental flags will be flown at half-staff and his patrol car is on display in front of the District I station on U.S. 301 in La Plata. All three district stations have been draped in black bunting and officers are wearing black bands across their badges to signify their mourning.

“Rob cared about our county and he was especially committed to keeping our roadways safe,” said Cpl. Shayne Stanley, who worked alongside Taylor in the traffic unit. “No matter if he was working speed enforcement assignments, inspecting commercial trucks for safety violations, conducting sobriety checkpoints or checking car seats, Rob took his job seriously and had positive encounters with everyone he met.”

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. July 5 at New Life Church in White Plains. A service has been set for 11 a.m. June 6 at the church. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf.

Anyone wising to send cards of condolence may do so to: Charles County Sheriff’s Office, P.O. Box 189, c/o Carolyn West, 6915 Crain Highway, La Plata, MD 20646.