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Hero Down: Robeson County Sheriff’s Detention Officer Larry Morgan Dies After Medical Emergency

Lumberton, NC – Robeson County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) Detention Officer Larry Morgan died on Jan. 5 after suffering a medical emergency at his home, according to his department.

The 74-year-old detention officer wrapped up his shift at 2 a.m. and had only been home for about an hour when the medical emergency struck, Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said in a press release later in the morning.

Detention Officer Morgan was rushed to UNC Southeastern hospital in Lumberton, where he passed away.

His exact cause of death was not released.

“It is with great sadness that I report the unexpected loss of one of Robeson County’s finest,” Sheriff Wilkins said in the press release. “We are asking for prayers for the family, friends, and his law enforcement family as this continues to be difficult time for us all.”

Detention Officer Morgan joined the RCSO in 2008, according to the sheriff.

He retired from full-time service nine years later, and had been serving as a part-time detention officer since that time.

“He was a dedicated officer and was a well respected employee of the sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Wilkins said. “He loved his job and will be truly missed by the employees of the detention center and all sheriff’s office staff.”

Detention Officer Morgan leaves behind his wife, Nita, as well as his children, Larry, Landon, Ashton, and Chenoa, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his siblings, 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his adopted son, and many other friends and relatives, the tribute read.

Detention Officer Morgan was laid to rest Jan. 7, the RCSO said in a Facebook post.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Larry Morgan, 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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