Hero Down: Richmond County Deputy Sheriff Dies During Annual Fitness Test

Deputy Wallace was on duty, completing the agency's annual physical fitness test, when he died.

Richmond County, GA - Richmond County Deputy Sheriff James Wallace died of an apparent heart attack while on duty Thursday afternoon.

Deputy Wallace, 61, was participating in the Richmond County Sheriff's Office annual physical fitness assessment, at the Wilson Family YMCA on Wheeler Road, when he suffered a fatal heart attack, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Other deputies on scene immediately began CPR. Deputy Wallace was transported to Doctors Hospital of Augusta, where he died a short time later.

"I was at work and one of the other deputies called me and I just broke down, I broke down," said Miranda Scritchfield, who used to work with Deputy Wallace at Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, according to WRDW.

"He was like the grandfather he always made sure we had what we needed and he gave us advice and he helped us with a crossword puzzle, just different things like he was just an awesome man,” Scritchfield said.

Deputy Wallace had served with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for seven years.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office posted the following on Facebook:

"It is with great sadness that the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of Dep. James Wallace… James started at the Sheriff’s Office in November of 2010 at the age of 54 years old and was a dedicated employee where everyone knew him to be a good person and friend. Everyone at the Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of Deputy Wallace with his family and friends and we offer them our deepest condolences. James was a good man and will be missed."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Richmond County Deputy Sheriff James Wallace, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

Rest in peace, Deputy Wallace. The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is also grieving the loss of an investigator (accident) and a retired deputy (cancer), all in the same week. May God give the department and the families peace and comfort.

So much loss in one week.
Condolences to all families and Blue family

7 years of service, nothing shows more dedication than giving years upon years of your life just to serve and protect the people of the republic. I'll be praying for this warrior. Godspeed.

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