DeKalb County is mourning and honoring a deputy sheriff who passed away unexpectedly hours after working her last shift.
A moment of recognition for telecommunicator Margaret Rice was held at Wednesday’s DeKalb County Board meeting.
Sheriff Roger Scott says Rice’s unexpected death on Nov. 14 from medical-related issues was a shock and loss to all. He says she passed away shortly after working a 12-hour shift and then spending time with her family.
Scott says the 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office spent some of her last hours serving and protecting the citizens, law enforcement officers and fire personnel of DeKalb County.
“On behalf of all of the members of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, to Margaret’s family and friends, we celebrate and remember Margaret’s kindness, her compassion, her courage and quiet strength,” says Scott.
Scott says Rice was given full sheriff’s honors at her funeral service.
“The Scripture says in Romans 3:4 that those in law enforcement are ministers of God for good,” says Smith. “Margaret’s service and her life reflected those words every single day. She is missed.”
To honor Rice, the sheriff’s office is retiring her badge, number 104.