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Hero Down: Hill County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeffrey Winningham Succumbs To Cancer

Hill County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Jeffrey Winningham devoted 23 years of his life to his law enforcement career.

Waxahachie, TX – Hill County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Sergeant Jeffrey “Jeff” Winningham died on Nov. 28, following a long battle against cancer.

Sgt. Winningham was originally diagnosed with Stage 3 rectal cancer on Dec. 11, 2017, according to a fundraising campaign that was established at the time.

“Jeff’s cancer returned very aggressive in nature and was not responsive to any treatment they tried,” his wife, Jessica, explained on an updated fundraising page in June. “We have exhausted all means of treatment at this point and have been told it is inoperable as well as incurable.”

The 47-year-old sergeant passed away at his residence on Thanksgiving, according to his obituary.

“It’s with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Sgt Jeff Winningham,” the HCSO said in a Facebook post later the same day. “Jeff fought a valiant fight against the cancer that ultimately took him from his family and friends much too soon.”

“We will miss his infectious smile and great sense of humor, but he will always be in our hearts,” the department said. “Please keep his family, both blood and blue, in your thoughts and prayers.”

Sgt. Winningham served with the Waxahachie Police Department and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office before he joined the HCSO, according to his obituary.

His law enforcement career spanned 23 years.

“Jeffrey lived life to the fullest and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends,” his obituary read. “He was quick to bring a smile to everyone’s face.”

Sgt. Winningham leaves behind his wife, Jessica, as well as his children, Nicholas, Hailey, and Lanese.

He is also survived by his mother, sisters, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Sgt. Winningham was laid to rest on Tuesday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hill County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jeffrey “Jeff” Winningham, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Holly Matkin - December Wed, 2019


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