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Hero Down: Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Price Dies In On-Duty Crash

Marion County, SC – Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy Jonathan Price died in the line of duty on Wednesday night, after his patrol car collided with another vehicle.

Deputy Price was traveling along Jackson Road at approximately 10: 50 p.m. on Jan. 6, when he crashed into a 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis that was traveling on Maiden Down Road, South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) Master Trooper Brian Lee told WMBF.

The driver of the second vehicle, 35-year-old Patrick McCormick, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to WBTW.

Deputy Price, 29, was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, WMBF reported.

The investigation into the exact cause of the fatal collision remains ongoing.

“The Marion County Sheriff’s Office regrets to inform you that Deputy Jonathan David Price, 29, has been killed in the line of duty following a motor vehicle crash,” the MCSO said in a Facebook post early Thursday morning.

“Deputy Price leaves behind a loving wife, and three small children,” the agency said. “We ask you to keep all of us along with David’s family in your thoughts and prayers in the days to come.”

Deputy Price served the Dillon Police Department (DPD) for three years prior to joining the MCSO in September of 2020, the agency said in a Facebook post.

“He was a dedicated and hard working officer who served the citizens of Dillon with pride,” the DPD said. “We will remember the memories made with him and always consider him a part of our family. Please keep his family, friends and the Marion Sheriff’s Department in your prayers through this difficult time.”

Deputy Price leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth, and his children, Abigail, Joanna, and Micah, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, siblings, in-laws, grandparents, nieces, nephews, and many friends and extended family members.

A fundraising page established to help his young family in the wake of their loss has raised over $6,000 so far.

Deputy Price will be laid to rest on Jan. 13.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jonathan Price, 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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