Durham, NC – Person County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Deputy Michael “Mike” Currier died Wednesday night after battling a brief illness.
As news of the hospitalized 60-year-old deputy’s illness spread, hundreds of his friends, family, and community members gathered together Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 to hold prayer vigils in his honor, WTVD reported.
Deputy Currier, who was affectionally known as “Big Mike,” was beloved by the residents of Person County.
The longtime deputy succumbed to his illness Dec. 8, according to his obituary.
“It is with a heavy heart that the committee to elect Jermaine Wallace is announcing the passing of one of our beloved community leaders, Deputy Mike Currier (S-26),” the campaign team for Jermaine Wallace, who is running for county commissioner, said in a Facebook post later that day.
“Mike has served the community in many capacities, most recently as a deputy with the Person County Sheriff Department,” the post read. “We as a community mourn the loss of such a gentle giant and wonderful person…Thanks Mike for everything.”
Deputy Currier, an avid weightlifter, “was a larger than life individual with an even bigger heart,” according to his obituary.
“He never put himself first and was quick to give his hand or heart to you for whatever you needed,” the tribute read.
Moriah Volunteer Fire and Rescue (MVFR) said Deputy Currier was always quick to lend them a hand.
“His willingness to jump right in and assist us with whatever it was we needed was always right on time and he NEVER hesitated!” MVFR said in a Facebook post. “He always made sure to watch out for us and he always always made sure to ask each of us how we were doing. He was most definitely one of the best and had a huge heart of gold that loved helping those in need.”
Deputy Currier leaves behind his wife, Melissa, as well as his three children, three stepchildren, and three grandchildren, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his four siblings and their spouses.
Deputy Currier will be laid to rest Dec. 12.
DCSO would like to offer our condolences to family, friends, and members of the Person County SO for the loss of deputy Mike Currier. pic.twitter.com/DYPGgCrOEN
— Durham Sheriff (@DurhamSheriff) December 9, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Person County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael “Mike” Currier, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.