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RCSO Sergeant Dies from COVID-19, the Agency’s First Line-of-Duty Death from the Virus


A sergeant with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has died from COVID-19.

Here is the RCSO press release:

“The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is sad to announce the agency’s first line of duty death attributed to COVID-19. Sergeant Charles Norton passed on Sunday, September 20 at Eisenhower Army Medical Center from complications of COVID-19.

“Sgt. Norton was a dedicated member of the Sheriff’s Office for 22 years. He was hired in April of 1998. He was assigned as a Sergeant to the Field Operations Division. On behalf of Sheriff Roundtree and the entire Sheriff’s Office, we offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Sgt. Norton.  Sgt. Norton was a devout Christian, a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who loved life and never met a stranger. He will be truly missed.

“We want to remind all of our employees and the public to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of this virus which has taken the life of one of our own. – Sgt. William McCarty”

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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