"He was a very caring, very concerned person, but when he went to work, he was all business," Bane said.
Cpl. Licato worked in one of the more dangerous positions in the sheriff's office, serving warrants to violent criminals.
"That speaks to his dedication, that speaks to his character. Charlie was a fearless person," Bane said. "You have to admire him, someone like that, who's willing to put their life on the line to protect our citizens."
Cpl. Licato went to work for the sheriff's office in October 1998 at the Harford County Detention Center. He became a deputy in 1999 and was promoted to corporal in 2008.
Cpl. Licato's character is not much different than that of his fellow deputies, Bane said, and that was evident throughout the day Thursday as they came to each other's aid.
"They were very professional in dealing with a stressful situation because they knew Charlie very well," Bane said.
A deputy has been at Cpl. Licato's side since immediately after the crash. The first deputy on the scene stayed with him throughout the investigation, until his body was removed from the car. His body was also accompanied by a deputy to the medical examiner's office, where the deputy remained.
"We want Charlie to know... we never left his side," Bane said.
They've also taken care of Cpl. Licato's "family." Cpl. Licato was not married and didn't have children, but he did have a dog, Bane said.
"Anyone who has a dog knows how it can be part of the family," he said. "We've taken care of Charlie's dog."
His deputies, the sheriff said, are banding together to get through a tragedy, and he'd seen many hugs among colleagues since the accident happened.
"They are doing what any family would do. They are bonding together, helping each other through the process," he said. "It is a death and we'll have to go through all the stages of the grieving process."
Looking out for his deputies
Personally, the death of a fellow officer is one of the most difficult days.
"You hope in your career you don't come across something like this," Bane said.
His main concern, he said, is his deputies, and making sure they get the help they may need to deal with a colleague's death.
Throughout Thursday, he'd been meeting with them in small groups just to make sure they're doing OK.
The Critical Incident Stress Management team has been working with deputies as well, and helping them when necessary. Incidents such as Thursday's fatal accident can have long-term effects, and putting a deputy back on the street too soon could be a dangerous situation.
"I told the recruits this morning, odds are you're not going to get through without getting injured. But I hope and pray it's such that it's not a final act," Bane said, adding he hopes they won't have to experience something like this again, though it's not likely. "We've become a violent society, and we do a dangerous job. I hope it's the last death I have to deal with."
Honoring a colleague