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Hero Down: Mauldin Police Department Sgt. Samuel Harrell Dies Unexpectedly

Mauldin, SC – Mauldin Police Department (MPD) Sergeant Samuel “Sam” Kenneth Harrell died unexpectedly on Sept. 3.

The MPD confirmed the 65-year-old sergeant’s death the following day.

“It is with great sadness that we must announce the loss of a member of our Law Enforcement family, Sergeant Sam Harrell, who passed away late last night,” the police department said in a Facebook post. “Please keep his family in your prayers.

Sgt. Harrell’s exact cause of death was not immediately released.

The Daytona Beach native served the MPD for 30 years, according to his obituary.

Laurens Police Department Chief Keith Grounsell said Sgt. Harrell was an outstanding public servant and family man.

“Sgt. Sam Harrell was a great friend and mentor to me, as well as a father figure,” Chief Grounsell wrote in a Facebook post. “He demonstrated professionalism, love and respect for others in not only his personal life, but also his work life.”

“Sam made it abundantly clear that he was fortunate enough to marry the love of his life Marsha,” the chief added. “Marsha, rest assured Sam loved you with all of his heart and he never took one day for granted when y’all were together on this earth. He was very proud of his children and his grandchildren. With that said, I know that Sam died not only a blessed man, but also a happy man. He is forever a guardian Angel for you all.”

In addition to his wife and children, Sgt. Harrell also leaves behind two granddaughters and two brothers, according to his obituary.

Sgt. Harrell was be laid to rest on Sept. 9.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Mauldin Police Department Sergeant Samuel “Sam” Kenneth Harrell, 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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