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Hero Down: Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Alina Mebane Succumbs To Leukemia

Forsyth County, NC – Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Detention Officer Alina Mebane died on April 23 following a four-month battle against leukemia.

The 48-year-old detention officer was diagnosed with leukemia in December of 2020, according to her department.

The FCSO announced Detention Officer Mebane’s death in a Facebook post shortly after she passed away.

“Today our hearts are heavy and our eyes are filled with tears at the loss of one of our own, Alina Mebane,” Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough said in the post. “We ask for prayers for her family and also for her extended FCSO Family. May God give us all comfort during these difficult days.”

Detention Officer Mebane began her career at the sheriff’s office in 2006, according to her department.

She leaves behind her husband, a North Carolina Highway Patrol sergeant, as well as her three children.

Charlene Warren wrote in a memorial tribute that Detention Officer Mebane had a “big heart” and a smile that will be missed.

“I know you are looking down upon us and smiling,” Warren said. “You are loved and will surely be missed. Gone [too] soon…”

The FCSO posted photos of a patrol car covered with a thin blue line drape where members of the community left flowers and cards for Detention Officer Mebane’s loved ones.

“We mourn a life lost and a light extinguished,” the FCSO said. “Rest easy, Alina, we have the watch from here.”

Detention Officer Mebane was laid to rest on May 1, according to her obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Alina Mebane, 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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