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Hero Down: Columbiana Police Cpl. David Orth Succumbs To Cancer

Columbiana, AL – Columbiana Police Department (CPD) Corporal David Orth died on Feb. 20 after a brief battle against cancer, according to his family.

The 58-year-old corporal was diagnosed with leukemia four months prior to his death, his sister, Lauren Orth, explained on a fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of their loss.

“His options for treatment went away one by one until his doctors determined they could do nothing more for him,” Lauren wrote.

The CPD announced the longtime corporal’s death in a Facebook post on Feb. 21.

“David was a treasured asset to our department and our community. He will be greatly missed, and we won’t be able to replace his quick wit or laughter at the department,” the CPD said. “Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Cpl. Orth devoted 30 years of his life to his law enforcement career and spent the past 17 years working for the CPD.

Lauren said her brother knew from a young age that he had been called “to serve and protect.”

“David was known for his desire to help others, his quick wit, and his sharp mind for detail,” she wrote.

Cpl. Orth leaves behind his wife, Susan, and his son, Patrick, according to the fundraising page.

Donors have contributed over $1,000 to the fallen corporal’s family so far.

“When a police officer dies, it is not just those close to him that feel it – it is the entire community that feels that loss,” the CPD said. “Orth, we love you and we will take it from here.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Columbiana Police Department Corporal David Orth, 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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