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Hero Down: Oconee County Sheriff’s Sergeant Paul Orr Succumbs To Cancer

Anderson, SC – Oconee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) Sergeant Paul Orr died on July 4 following a “hard-fought battle” against cancer, according to his department.

The 54-year-old sergeant passed away at AnMed Health, according to his obituary.

The OCSO announced Sgt. Orr’s death in a Facebook post later that night.

“The hearts of our OCSO family hurt tonight as we mourn the loss of one of our own, Sgt. Paul Orr,” the sheriff’s office said. “Sgt. Orr went home this afternoon to be with his Lord and Savior after a hard-fought battle with cancer.”

Sgt. Orr joined the OCSO in 2007, according to his obituary.

“He had a lifelong desire to serve as police officer,” the tribute read. “He wanted to help others and make a difference.”

Sgt. Orr began serving as the sheriff’s office’s Warrant Unit sergeant in 2013.

Two years later, he was named Special Operations Bureau Officer of the Year.

“Sergeant Orr embodied the definition of a peace officer,” his obituary read. “He was always professional and treated everyone with respect. Some people that knew they had an outstanding warrant would call and ask for Sergeant Orr to be the one to arrest them.”

Sgt. Orr leaves behind his wife, Dessie, as well as his daughter, Alexis.

He is also survived by his mother, sisters, and his “brothers and sisters in blue,” according to his obituary.

“Tonight, we ask you remember Sgt. Orr’s family and friends, as well as, our OCSO family in your prayers as we mourn the loss of our brother in blue. RIP Paul!!!” the OCSO said.

Sgt. Orr was laid to rest on July 11.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Paul Orr, 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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