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Hero Down: Upshur County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Marc Rider Dies Unexpectedly

Gilmer, TX – Upshur County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) Criminal Investigation Division Investigator Marc Rider died on July 1 after returning home from work, according to his department.

The 46-year-old investigator had just gotten home after wrapping up his shift when he suddenly collapsed, the UCSO said in a press release the following day.

He was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his emergency medical condition.

Investigator Rider’s exact cause of death was not released.

“Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers,” the UCSO said.

Investigator Rider graduated from the East Texas Police Academy before launching into his law enforcement career as a Gregg County Sheriff’s Office detention officer in 1993, according to his obituary.

He later worked for the City of Gilmer from March of 2006 until August of 2014, when he joined the UCSO.

“He devoted his life to serving in law enforcement and caring for his family,” his obituary read. “He was a devoted father and always proud of his kids.”

Investigator Rider leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Aimee, as well as his children, Jake and Ava.

He is also survived by his parents, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Investigator Rider was laid to rest on July 6, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Upshur County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division Investigator Marc Rider, 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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