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10/21/07-Marion County

Marion County Deputy Dies After Crash

An East Texas peace officer is killed while rushing to a domestic disturbance call.  Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Dale Sherrill, 37 died Friday from injuries he suffered in a car crash.  The crash happened Wednesday when Sherrill was on his way to an emergency call. 

The sheriff's department says Sherrill was hit by another car at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 49 in Jefferson.  The news of the loss of Sherrill, has deeply saddened people who knew him in Jefferson.

"It was awful," said Jefferson resident Linda Green.  "I've known him for a long time.  I knew the way he was and it was too soon."  Sherrill was racing to a domestic violence call on Wednesday night when he came through the intersection and was broad sided by oncoming traffic, he spent two days clinging to life in a hospital, and then died Friday night.

"He was not only and officer, but he was friend to everybody in the community," said Sherrill's friend and Jefferson Police Officer Donny Vallery.  "Not just the area he grew up in, but everybody as a whole.  Dale effected a lot of people."  Sherrill was a Jefferson area native.  He first worked for the police department and then the sheriffs department.  Sherrill had a wife and three children.  He was a familiar face to almost everyone in Jefferson, and those that knew him best say he was a model officer.

"He loved life," said Vallery.  "He loved his family, and he's going to be missed."  Sherrill's community says they feel they've lost a good man, a good friend and a family member.

"Knowing Dale, he was the type that would bend over backwards to help somebody," said Vallery.  "If he had a dollar in his pocket, and that's all he had, he'd give it to them."

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at Heritage Baptist Church in Jefferson.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.


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