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Hero Down: Marion Co. Sheriff’s Home Confinement Officer Michael Sillman Dies From Heart Attack While Serving Warrant

Marion County, WV – Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Home Confinement Officer Michael Sillman died in the line of duty on July 20 after suffering a heart attack while assisting with an arrest warrant.

The 34-year-old officer was also chief of the Grant Town Police Department (GTPD), according to his obituary.

Officer Sillman was assisting other MCSO deputies with a warrant for a wanted fugitive at a home on Williams Sith Road when the medical emergency struck, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

He and the other deputies parked their vehicles a distance away from the residence and were heading across the rugged terrain on foot towards the home when Officer Sillman suddenly collapsed.

His fellow deputies began performing CPR, but Officer Sillman succumbed to his medical condition.

Grant Town Volunteer Fire Department (GTVFD) Chief Allen Myers said Officer Sillman was deeply dedicated to his career as a public servant, WBOY reported.

“The man had a lot of dedication. If he set his mind to something, his mind was set and he took pride and honor in everything that he did,” Chief Myers said. “He was always there for the community.”

When he wasn’t working as a home confinement officer for the MCSO, Officer Sillman was serving as the GTPD chief.

“I don’t think there was a time he wasn’t on the clock,” GTVFD Assistant Chief Miller told WDTV. “No matter what, he was always there to help people. He was very passionate.”

Grant Town officials released a statement calling Officer Sillman “an excellent chief of police” who “will be sadly missed,” WBOY reported.

“The Town of Grant Town wishes Officer Sillman’s family their condolences,” the statement read.

Officer Sillman leaves behind his wife, Cristy, as well as his stepchildren and one grandchild, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew, cousins, and his fellow law enforcement officers.

Officer Sillman was laid to rest on July 29.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Marion County Sheriff’s Office Home Confinement Officer Michael Sillman, 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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