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Hero Down: Spalding County Deputy Jamie Reynolds Dies Killed By Falling Tree

Spalding County, GA – Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Deputy II Jamie Reynolds died in the line of duty on July 31 when a massive pine tree fell on his patrol vehicle.

Deputy Reynolds was traveling eastbound on Georgia Highway 16 at approximately 5:30 a.m. when a large pine tree fell onto his patrol car just east of Shoal Creek Road, SCSO Public Information Officer Major Dwayne Jones said in a press release later in the day.

Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix described the incident as a “freak accident,” WXIA reported.

“The tree crushed the passenger compartment of the vehicle, killing Deputy Reynolds instantly,” Sheriff Dix said in the agency’s press release.

He and other law enforcement officials notified the veteran deputy’s wife and children of his death at their home shortly after the coroner pronounced Deputy Reynolds dead at the scene.

“The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office will be working with Jamie’s family, supporting them, and walking through this with them over the next few days,” the sheriff said. “We ask that you keep Jamie’s family and his extended Spalding County Sheriff’s Office family in your prayers in the coming days as well.”

Deputy Reynolds began his law enforcement career in 1995.

“He had a lot of experience, he had been a police chief and a lot of people sought him for counsel,” Sheriff Dix told WXIA.

He joined the SCSO in January of 2021, and was most recently assigned to the agency’s Office of Professional Standards, where he helped handle State Certification, the department said.

Deputy Reynolds also covered weekend shifts at the county’s jail facility.

“He was a great guy who loved his family, had a deep faith, worked hard, and always brought you solutions, not problems,” Sheriff Dix said.

“He was that guy everybody loved, everybody cared about,” the sheriff told WXIA. “He always took time to talk to people here and across the community. He will leave a hole here that just can’t be filled.”

Deputy Reynolds leaves behind his wife and two stepchildren.

“Jamie was part of our family here, and we’re going to do everything we can to honor him and help them at the same time,” the sheriff told WXIA.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Deputy II Jamie Reynolds, 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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