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Posted: 2/10/2006 10:07:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/12/2006 10:10:08 AM EST by Lochlainn]
This has to be one of the hardest nights of my career... it rained here all day, and was just generally dreary... earlier, about 8:30pm, a couple of our county deputies were responding to a domestic... a city officer in the neighboring town came up on one of the deputies units upside down in the ditch... single vehicle accident... I immediately responded, and was second on scene... the deputy, who has been a friend of mine for several years, had been thrown from the vehicle, and was able to talk to us... unfortunately, he did not survive his injuries... it is rough on all of us who responded and worked the accident, and on all of us here in general... this is a small county, and there are only about 20 full time officers between all agencies in the county, so the loss of even one of us is felt as a personal loss to us all... I will try to update this when I have had more time to gather my thoughts... my prayers are with his family...

Lafayette County... Deputy Stacy McMurrough, I was and am proud to call him my friend. When I moved here a few years ago, I met Stacy. He was our city water superintendent, and on the volunteer fire department (as most of us officers are). Stacy got into law enforcement as a reserve, and has been working the past 2-3 years as a part-time deputy for the county, as well as his full-time city job, and being one of the 2 captains on our 24-man fire department. We all loved it when he was able to get out and work with us, and he probably averaged 2 shifts a week on the road. Stacy was also an avid sportsman, hunter, and shooter. He will be missed by the entire community. He leaves behind his parents, a brother, and a sister, as well as other family and friends.

As for the accident, it was caused by a combination of things. We are not sure but do not think that he was wearing his seat belt. His unit held together well through striking and breaking a utility pole and flipping and was for the most part intact. The cage roll bar did a good job of keeping the passenger compartment intact even though the car landed on its roof. I cannot stress this enough for those reading, always wear your safety belts.


Link Posted: 2/10/2006 11:24:15 PM EST

Link Posted: 2/10/2006 11:32:49 PM EST
I am truely sorry for you and your departments loss.
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 8:53:45 AM EST
What county are you in?
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 9:24:14 AM EST
Was he wear his safety belt? I have to start doing that myself. Sorry for the loss and I will pray for the family.
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 9:58:19 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 10:37:53 AM EST
Prayers sent.

Wear your belts guys
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 11:11:15 AM EST
RIP Officer McMurrough
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 11:17:13 AM EST
Sounds like he was a real asset to the community...........My condolences
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 11:40:16 AM EST
sorry to hear about your and your departments loss.

My sincere condolences go out to all of the friends and family

Link Posted: 2/11/2006 11:52:45 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/11/2006 11:54:58 AM EST by Dusty_C]
Looks like it was Lafayette county. SW corner of the state. Looking for more info for those that will want to attend services. If anyone from Central AR wants to carpool, I'm possibly up for it.

ETA, I'll be hunting more info steadily and I'll post it in the Arkansas HTF and the BOTS LODD thread.
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 12:18:52 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 12:20:52 PM EST
RIP Brother
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 2:25:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By OKLAHOMA_LAWMAN:

Link Posted: 2/11/2006 3:46:09 PM EST
I am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to your police family and his family.
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 7:05:01 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/11/2006 11:53:08 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 5:15:51 AM EST
Sorry to hear of the loss.........
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 8:21:36 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 8:26:32 AM EST
We've lost two in as many years in my county under similar circumstances. The car is more dangerous than the gun. Buckle Up! Your odds are much greater getting into an MVA than having to draw your weapon and being restrained by the belt.

Prayers to the family
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 9:55:00 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 12:00:33 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 1:28:29 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:43:45 AM EST
Prayers sent.

My condolences for your loss.

Rest easy brother.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:51:12 AM EST
Well just Damn.

I grew up in Stamps and just happened across this thread. We probably know a lot of the same people.

I'm sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 9:53:56 PM EST
Thanks for the heads up, I will wear mine next shift and just make it a habit. I always wear mine in the car. On the motorcycle is kind of another story...
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 10:31:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By THR-Thumper:
Well just Damn.

I grew up in Stamps and just happened across this thread. We probably know a lot of the same people.

I'm sorry for your loss.

If you grew up here, then there is no doubt we know a lot of the same people. Can't help it in a town this size.

Stacy was laid to rest Wednesday. A long line of emergency vehicles (police, fire, ems) escorted him to the cemetery, where the honor guard, bagpipes, and taps brought tears to many an eye. Now we can begin to heal, but will never forget him. His loss has left a hole that can never be filled.
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