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Hero Down: Tarrant County Deputy Billy Scheets Dies After Medical Emergency While Responding To Call

Tarrant County, TX – Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) Deputy Billy Scheets died in the line of duty on June 5 after suffering a medical emergency while responding to a call.

Deputy Scheets was responding to a call for service in north Tarrant County at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday when he “passed out and became unresponsive,” the TCSO said in a press release later that night.

His partner immediately began CPR and rushed Deputy Scheets to Harris Hospital in Azle, where he passed away, KXAS reported.

“Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office personnel and so many other surrounding agencies gathered at the hospital for hours to show their respects and escort Deputy Scheets to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office tonight,” the TCSO said.

“It was an unbelievable outpouring of kindness. We are humbled by the overwhelming support of the community and surrounding agencies,” the department continued. “We ask that you keep the family and our team in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.”

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner will determine the veteran deputy’s cause of death, KXAS reported.

Deputy Scheets served the TCSO for 19 years, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“Deputy Scheets was a remarkable Deputy, he knew his job very well,” a response to the TCSO’s Facebook post read. “There was no question you could ask that he could not answer. He was a true gentleman and a Great Deputy that will be missed tremendously. May you Rest in Peace Deputy Scheets, Thank You for your Service. Condolences to all Family and Friends.”

Another resident described Deputy Scheets as “an amazing man and wonderful Deputy.”

“He answered many calls in our little community and was always a calming and informative presence,” the message read. “He would always stop by to check on things and say hello when he was out this way. He will be greatly missed.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Billy Scheets, 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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