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Hero Down: Hardeman County Deputy Dale Wyman Succumbs To Injuries Suffered In Old On-Duty Crash

Jackson, TN – Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Deputy Dale Wyman died in the line of duty on Wednesday due to health complications from injuries he suffered in an on-duty crash in 2012.

Deputy Wyman was responding to a vehicle crash on Aug. 10, 2012, when his patrol car ran off Highway 100 and into the ditch, WMC reported.

Photos showed the mangled wreckage of the patrol vehicle, which flipped at least once in the collision.

Deputy Wyman suffered near-fatal injuries in the crash and was paralyzed from his chest down afterwards, WMC reported.

“He would give you the shirt off his back to anybody that needed it,” Whiteville Police Chief Steven Stanley told the news outlet at the time. “You would never know he’s going through all this because of the smile on his face.”

Deputy Wyman’s life-altering injuries occurred just as his nine-year-old son was battling cancer, WMC reported.

The community rallied around the family in the months that followed, to include holding fundraisers and benefit events, WMC reported.

Deputy Wyman continued to suffer complications from his injuries for the rest of his life, the HCSO said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

The 56-year-old deputy succumbed to those complications at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital on Oct. 6, according to his obituary.

“Today we mourn the loss of one of our own deputies, Dale Wyman,” the HCSO said. “Dale Wyman was not only a hero to the county he served but also his country by serving in the United States Army. Dale will be greatly missed.”

Deputy Wyman served 21 years in the U.S. Army and two years as a private contractor in Iraq before he joined the HCSO in 2009, according to his obituary.

He leaves behind his wife of nearly 31 years, Anita, as well as his children, Joshua, Zachary, and Ashley, and his five grandchildren.

Deputy Wyman is also survived by his brother, Dave, and his sisters, Sarah and Sandra.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dale Wyman, 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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