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Hero Down: Edgecombe County Detention Cpl. Thomas Horne Dies From Training Injury Complication

Tarboro, NC – Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) Detention Corporal Gregory Thomas Horne did in the line of duty on Sept. 25 due to complications resulting from a training injury.

The 57-year-old detention corporal fractured his knee while jumping a four-foot fence during a training exercise at the ECSO Training Center in Pinetops, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Detention Cpl. Horne was required to remain inactive while he recovered from his injury, and ultimately died from a pulmonary embolism as a result of his lack of activity.

The ECSO confirmed the detention corporal’s tragic death in a Facebook post on Sept. 26.

“Today our hearts are heavy as we mourn Detention Corporal Gregory T. Horne,” the department said.

Detention Cpl. Horne joined the sheriff’s office on Feb. 16, 2015, and was assigned to the B Squad day shift at the time of his death.

He was named Detention Officer of the Month in September of 2017.

“Detention Corporal Officer Gregory T. Horne loved his job and ALL the people,” his wife, Teresa, said in a Facebook post on Sept. 29. “Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, thanks for being kind to my husband. He really loved you guys and gals.”

In addition to his wife, Detention Cpl. Horne also leaves behind his children, Gregory and Alexus, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his siblings, step-siblings, and many friends and extended family members.

Detention Cpl. Horne was laid to rest on Oct. 9, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Corporal Gregory Thomas Horne, 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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