LANSFORD — We’re finding out more about the circumstances of the police officer from Carbon County who authorities say killed himself last Friday.
Video of Carbon County Deputy Sheriff Dave Midas was taken only days before he killed himself. Friends say his job as a deputy sheriff and Lansford police officer were important to him.
“He associated with so many different age groups from kids being involved with DARE programs in school, various activities with the kids,” said Christopher Ondrus. “Even the older people when he was dancing the polkas on TV you always knew that it was him because he was the quickest one there.”
Lansford police officer Christopher Ondrus was a friend of Dave Midas and godfather to one of the Midas children. Ondrus says Friday night he took a ride with Midas after Midas showed up at his house in an unmarked police car and pointed a gun at him.
“I could have gotten out of the car but I didn’t. That’s what everyone needs to know,” Ondrus said. “I wasn’t scared; it wasn’t what it played out to be. He wanted to talk and I wanted to be with my friend and I was there until the last second.”
Investigators say their ride ended in downtown Jim Thorpe. Dave Midas ended his life in front of his friend by shooting himself. Ondrus says why that happened is anyone’s guess.
“He kept talking about so many different things that I really don’t know what was the main reason and there were all kinds of things, nothing specific.”
A lot of people knew Dave Midas. He was respected by his peers and the community.
“We’re going to miss that smile.Dave had a smile that everybody loved.”
Dave Midas leaves behind two boys and a wife. The couple were expecting a third child in December.