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Hero Down: Clare County Volunteer Deputy Nichole Shuff Dies After Being Thrown From Horse

Harrison, MI – Clare County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) Mounted Division Volunteer Deputy Nichole Shuff died in the line of duty on July 27 after being thrown from her horse while trying to assist a citizen who was experiencing a medical emergency two day earlier.

Volunteer Deputy Shuff was working at the Clare County Fair with other CCSD deputies on July 25 when she spotted a citizen in need of emergency medical assistance at approximately 8:15 p.m., The Kansas City Star reported.

The young deputy’s aunt, Laurie Mccollough, explained in a Facebook post that the horse Volunteer Deputy Shuff was riding “got spooked” as she was dismounting, resulting in a “chain reaction” that “caused her to fall and hit her head on the concrete.”

The horse then fell on top of her, pinning her to the ground, the Morning Sun reported.

Volunteer Deputy Shuff was rushed to the hospital, where she remained on a ventilator until she passed way on July 27, according to The Kansas City Star.

Clare County Sheriff John Wilson Volunteer said Deputy Shuff previously expressed how important it was for her to be an organ donor, and her intentions were honored, WPBN reported.

She served the CCSD for two years, according to The Kansas City Star.

“The family and Sheriff’s Office thanks everyone for their continued support,” the CCSD said in a press release.

The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) Mounted Patrol Foundation said in a Facebook post that Volunteer Shuff “was not only a community helper as a deputy,” but that she was also a physician’s assistant.

“She was [known] for her kindness, compassion, and love of horses,” the MPD Mounted Patrol Foundation said. “Thank you Nichole for your service to your community. Rest Easy.”

Volunteer Deputy Shuff had just gotten married on June 22, The Kansas City Star reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Clare County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division Volunteer Deputy Nichole Shuff, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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