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Hero Down: Newberry County Sheriff’s Deputy Theresa Kay Ammons Succumbs To Cancer

Whitmire, SC – Newberry County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) Deputy Theresa Kay Ammons died on July 5 after a battle against cancer, according to her department.

The 57-year-old deputy passed away at her home, according to her obituary.

Deputy Ammons served the NCSO for more than 15 years, the NCSO said in a Facebook post later that day.

“It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Deputy Kay Ammons,” the sheriff’s office said. “Kay lost a valiant battle with cancer, working most days during her chemo/radiation treatments, as well [as] maintaining an exemplary work record following.”

The NCSO said Deputy Ammons’ “positive attitude” never faltered.

“[She] was a great inspiration to us all,” the post read.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said Deputy Ammons was a fighter with a servant’s heart, WIS reported.

“She gave everything that she could give,” Sheriff Foster said.

“We knew she was in pain and not feeling well, but she saddled up every day, suited up and came in, and I just sat there in awe of that the whole time,” the sheriff told WIS. “And she didn’t have to do it, but she wanted to do it. And I think that was kind of a therapy to her that helped her get through as long as she did with this, and she fought until the end.”

Deputy Ammons leaves behind her four children, Rosemary, Jessica, Daniel, and Johnathan, according to her obituary.

She is also survived by her step-siblings, six grandchildren, and her former husband.

“The Sheriff’s Office shall miss her work ethic, her leadership, and her friendship,” the NCSO’s post read. “You have more than earned your rest.”

Hundreds of people offered their condolences in response to the sheriff’s office’s announcement of the longtime deputy’s tragic death.

“She was an awesome person and will be missed dearly. Rest easy, ma’am,” one message read.

“Praying for all her family and friends,” another person wrote. “She was an inspiration to my daddy as he was taking treatments beside of her on those long days .. always had a smile to offer and she definitely loved her Alabama Crimson Tide .. May each of you feel Gods everlasting arms around you with peace and comfort.”

Deputy Ammons was laid to rest on July 8.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Newberry County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Theresa Kay Ammons, 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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