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Hero Down: Ware County Deputy Jonathan Blake Walker Dies In Crash

Savannah, GA – Ware County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Deputy Jonathan Blake Walker died on March 18 due to injuries he suffered during a two-vehicle, off-duty crash, according to his friends and family.

The 27-year-old deputy succumbed to his injuries at Memorial Health University Medical Center, according to his obituary.

“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Deputy Jonathan Blake Walker; a loving husband, son, brother, and friend passed away during the early morning hours of March 18, 2021 after being struck by a vehicle while off duty,” a GoFundMe page set up to help the 27-year-old deputy’s widow read.

Deputy Walker graduated from the University of North Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2016, according to his obituary.

He also served six years in the Georgia National Guard.

“He was a true southern gentleman — dressed to the nines and never had a hair out of place,” his obituary read. “He was a great husband, son, brother, friend and dog dad and was a man of few words, but when he spoke, people listened. He had a heart for serving others and always lending a listening ear when people needed it the most.”

In addition to his wife, Erica, Deputy Walker also leaves behind his parents, sister, grandparents, in-laws, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family members.

“My sweet love I hope a day never went by without you knowing how much I loved you! You were my entire world and my best friend! I am completely shattered without you,” Erica wrote in a Facebook post the day her husband passed away.

“Writing this just doesn’t feel real,” she said. “Please keep our families in your prayers in the days ahead.”

Deputy Walker was laid to rest on March 21.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ware County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jonathan Blake Walker, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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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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