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Hero Down: Coryell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Darrell McDonald Dies Unexpectedly

Kempner, TX – Coryell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Sergeant Darrell McDonald died unexpectedly on Dec. 2.

The 45-year-old sergeant’s exact cause of death was not publicly released.

Sgt. McDonald’s life of public service began in 1997, when he enlisted in the U.S. Air force, according to his obituary.

He graduated from Bellevue University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice while stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, and went on to become an officer in the U.S. Army.

Sgt. McDonald joined the U.S. Boarder Patrol after his military career and was stationed in Laredo.

He later graduated from the Central Texas Regional Police Academy and was hired by the Kempner Police Department (KPD).

Sgt. McDonald was serving with the CCPD’s Criminal Investigative Division at the time of his death.

“Darrell an outstanding young [man] who served his country with honor,” a tribute on his memorial page read. “Following his military time, he served his country as a dedicated law enforcement officer. But what I love most about Darrell was the example he set for young people to follow by living a life example of doing the right thing and exhibited judgement beyond his years. I honor him as a fellow soldier one of the most honorable men I ever knew and who raised an exceptional family.”

Sgt. McDonald leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Livia, as well as his children, Dylan and Dorianne, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his mother, brothers, in-laws, niece, and nephew.

Sgt. McDonald will be laid to rest Dec. 9.

His family requested memorials be made to the Survivors of Blue Suicide Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Coryell County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Darrell McDonald, 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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