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Hero Down: Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie Succumbs To Medical Complications

Albertville, AL – Marshall County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie died on Nov. 9 due to medical complications stemming from pancreatitis and gallstones.

The 57-year-old chief deputy was admitted to the hospital on Oct. 22 due to gallstones and pancreatitis, WAFF reported.

His wife, Tammy, said doctors planned to remove his gallbladder after his pancreatitis improved, but Chief Deputy Guthrie ended up suffering five mini-seizures and coded on Oct. 26.

Hospital personnel were able to resuscitate him and Chief Deputy Guthrie was subsequently admitted to the intensive care unit, WAFF reported.

An MRI conducted late last week revealed the chief deputy, who was non-responsive, suffered anoxic brain damage in multiple areas, to include major damage in the front areas of his brain, according to WHNT.

Chief Deputy Guthrie was escorted from Huntsville Hospital to Shepherd’s Cove Hospice by a procession of law enforcement vehicles on Wednesday, WAFF reported.
He passed away a short while later.

“Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie with the Sheriff’s Office has passed away late this afternoon after suffering from medical complications that occurred two weeks ago,” the MCSO said in a Facebook post later that day. “Please keep Steve’s family in your prayers.”

Chief Deputy Guthrie began his law enforcement career in his hometown of Scottsboro, WAFF reported.

He later worked on a multi-county drug enforcement unit, and ultimately transferred to the MCSO.

Chief Deputy Guthrie’s law enforcement career spanned three decades, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Secretary Hal Taylor said in a statement, according to WAFF.

“On behalf of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to both the friends and the family of Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office,” Taylor said, calling the chief deputy’s death a “tragic loss.”

“A dedicated law enforcement veteran of 30 years, Chief Deputy Guthrie’s leadership, courage and sacrifice to his local community, as well as to the entire State of Alabama, is apparent by the overwhelming care and support already displayed by those he so faithfully served,” he added.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie, 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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