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Hero Down: Pierce County Deputy Daryl Shuey Dies After On-Duty Medical Emergency

Spanaway, WA – Pierce County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) Deputy Daryl Shuey died in the line of duty on Tuesday after suffering a medical emergency.

A passerby called 911 at 6:16 a.m. to report that a deputy was unresponsive in a parking lot in the 14900-block of Pacific Avenue South, the PCSD said in a press release several hours later.

Medics and fellow deputies rushed to the scene and found the 57-year-old deputy lying face-down on the ground outside his patrol car, KCPQ reported.

They attempted lifesaving measures before rushing Deputy Shuey to a local hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Shortly after 7:00 a.m. we were notified that our deputy had passed away from what appears to be a medical emergency,” the PCSD’s post read.

Deputy Shuey served the department for 26 years.

He was assigned to dayshift central patrol, and had just begun his shift when the medical emergency occurred.

The PCSD described Deputy Shuey as a “proud husband and father,” and said he was a “beloved member” of the department.

“We are asking all of you to keep Daryl, his family, and our deputies in your hearts today as we grieve his sudden passing,” the sheriff’s office said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Daryl Shuey, 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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