Even as time goes on, the sacrifices made by those who perished in the line of duty will never be forgotten. May those fallen officers forever Rest in Peace.
Sheriff Edward Sam Stockard
EOW: September 15th, 1914
Born and Raised in Humphreys County near White Oak Creek in 1878, Sheriff Edward Sam Stockard fell in the line of duty on September 15th, 1914, while responding to a call. Sheriff Stockard was 36 years old, when he passed, and though it has been over a century since his untimely passing, his sacrifice for the safety of our county has not been forgotten.
Deputy Martin Tase Sturgill, II
EOW: June 30th, 2016
Born on March 3rd, 1967, Deputy Martin Tase Sturgill, II left a lasting impression on everyone he came across. He started his Law Enforcement Career in 2000, as a Lead Tactical Response Instructor, which he did for five years, and in 2007 he started working as a Police Officer in the 23rd Judicial District of Tennessee, which covers Humphreys County, as well as Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, and Stewart Counties, until 2012. During this same time, he was named Chief Of Police for the Burns Police Department, within Dickson County. By 2013, he had left Burns Police Department, and started at the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, where he had worked as the Department’s Training Officer, as well as Jail Administrator. Many in the County knew him as the Handgun Carry Permit Instructor as well. On June 30th, 2016, at the age of 49, Deputy Sturgill suffered a fatal heart attack while he and the other deputies were working on developing a new Physical Assessment Test for the Department’s Emergency Response Team. Deputy Sturgill left behind an exemplary Law Enforcement Career. His sacrifices to better this Department, as well as others, will never be forgotten.
Our K-9 Division plays an integral role in the operations of the Sheriff’s Office. They perform a multitude of tasks that assist in our daily operations.
K9 Ciro died after his handler’s patrol car experienced an electrical failure that resulted in a fire igniting in the dashboard.
The patrol car was parked at the Humphreys County Courthouse while K9 Ciro’s handler was attending court. A citizen alerted nearby deputies, who suffered second-degree burns while attempting to rescue K9 Ciro.
K9 Ciro had served with the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office for four years and was certified as a patrol and narcotics canine.
-Excerpt from the K-9 section of the Officer Down Memorial Page