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Hero Down: Dougherty County Sheriff’s Sgt. Luther Lane Dies Unexpectedly

Cummings, GA – Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Sergeant Luther Lane died unexpectedly on May 27.

The 54-year-old sergeant passed away at Northside Hospital Forsyth, according to his obituary.

His exact cause of death was not released.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Sgt. Luther Lane,” the DCSO said in a press release on Tuesday.

Sgt. Lane, a 26-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, served full time in the Youth Unit, where he conducted intervention with troubled youth and their families, the agency said.

He served as a D.A.R.E. officer and instructor with C.H.A.M.P.S. and G.R.E.A.T. during his nearly three decades of service.

“Sgt. Lane firmly believed that the way to strengthen a community is to instill values and ethics into the upcoming generation,” the DCSO said.

“His unfortunate passing is a devastating blow to all who knew him, especially to his family and law-enforcement family,” the sheriff’s office said. “During this time of grief, we humbly ask for your prayers and thank you for your support.”

The fallen sergeant’s friend, Brian Woodward, said he loved him like a brother.

“As a matter of fact, I introduced him to my friends as my Big Brother,” Woodward wrote in a memorial tribute. “He did a tremendous amount of work in the community especially for the kids…I am thankful that God allowed our paths to cross, because of Luther I am a better person. May God give his family peace and comfort during this tough time.”

Coworker Shirley Adams said she and Sgt. Lane were friends for over 22 years.

“He was always there for us as a protector and role model for numerous kids in the community,” Adams wrote in a memorial tribute. “He will forever be my brother in blue.”

Sgt. Lane will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Luther Lane, 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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