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Hero Down: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Officer Grant Murphy Succumbs To Cancer

Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) Officer Grant Murphy died on July 24 after battling cancer complications, according to his department.

The 34-year-old officer served the JSO for the past five years.

The JSO announced the young officer’s death in a press release on July 27.

“It is with a heavy heart that we, at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, announce the passing of one of our own,” the sheriff’s office said. “Police Officer Grant Murphy passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at the age of 34, after dealing with complications from cancer.”

Officer Murphy attended the Citadel Military College in South Carolina before joining the U.S. Army, according to a fundraiser established to help his family in the wake of their loss.

He served two tours in Afghanistan, where he served as a weapons specialist and radar operator.

Officer Murphy was honorably discharged after four years of service.

He then attended Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, where he obtained a degree in criminal justice.

The JSO hired Officer Murphy in July of 2017, according to his department.

He was assigned to Zone 3 for his entire five-year law enforcement career.

Officer Murphy leaves behind his wife of nearly two years, Shannon, and their nine-month-old son, Grantston, according to the fundraising page.

“We would like to thank Officer Murphy for his dedicated service to our Country as well as our Community,” the JSO said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and co-workers during this difficult time.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Officer Grant Murphy, 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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