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Black Hawk Co. Sheriff reflects on fallen deputy's service

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Flags were at half staff at the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department Wednesday -- an indication of a somber day.

"You know, it's a large agency, but we run it like a family," said Sheriff Tony Thompson.     

Deputy Tim Petersen has been with the department for nine years. His father is also a deputy with Black Hawk County. 

Petersen was on a motorcycle Tuesday when police say the driver of an SUV rolled through a stop sign and into his path.

He was transported to Covenant Medical Center and later died from internal injuries sustained in the crash.

Now, Sheriff Thompson is wearing a black band over his badge in honor of his fallen deputy.

"He was a great officer. Strong, strong-willed, strong man, dedicated to the concept of law enforcement, dedicated to the concept of community," said Thompson. 

Thompson says, most importantly, Petersen was a proud and loving father.

 "It's his son. He was that doting father walking in hand-and-hand with his five-year-old son," said Thompson.

Visitation for Deputy Petersen will be held Friday, Aug. 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls, with funeral services set for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, also at Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls.

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