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Alabama Deputy Dies After Struggle with Suspect

October 30, 2014  | 

Deputy Sheriff Tim Williamson (Photo: Butler County Sheriff's Office)
Deputy Sheriff Tim Williamson (Photo: Butler County Sheriff's Office)

Deputy Sheriff Tim Williamson of the Butler County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office suffered a heart attack following a struggle with a subject he was attempting to arrest, the Officer Down Memorial Page reports.

Believing he had strained a muscle during the struggle, he did not seek medical treatment. The pain in his chest continued and on October 23, it became severe after he responded to several calls for service. He drove himself to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with having a heart attack. He suffered a massive heart attack while being transported to a second hospital, where he died two days later.

Deputy Williamson was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Butler County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. He is survived by his father, sister, and two brothers.

Comments (6)

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John @ 10/30/2014 2:50 PM

R.I.P. Deputy Williamson. Let this be a wake-up call to all of us to get that cardio in. No one should eat over 2,000 calories a day or have a waist over 40".

Red @ 10/30/2014 3:37 PM

Ahem. Far too many fat cops out there. Stressful environment. Donuts. And occasionally chasing perps will get many more of us unless we pay heed.

kevCopAz @ 10/30/2014 5:08 PM

Rest in peace brother. Brothers & Sisters, as a former death Investigator for 11 years, PLEASE NEVER assume chest pains are "nothing". Most if not all of those that I investigated had prior chest/arm and or back pain sometimes months before they died! DO NOT have macho BS courage. If it hurst if there is CHANCE its your heart go to the hospital, who cares if its just gas! Do it and live.

TheRookie @ 10/30/2014 8:54 PM

R.I.P. Deputy T. Williamson. Your duties are passed onto your fellow Brothers/Sisters on the streets.
The way L.E. has eaten, especially in the past, is not good. Fast, Fried, & Tasty foods are the real silent killers. Gained 120lbs. & 14 inches on the waste last 10 years. Easy to do, but absolutely stupid. Taking it off has been way harder, but is nice to feel good again. Men/Women do cardio 25 to 45 mins. 3 to 5 days per week & lift some weights, too. Be Safe & keep the good times rolling out there.

Leonard Mather @ 10/31/2014 1:49 PM

South Carolina just had a similar event with Officer Blajszczewski who also succumbed to a heart attack. He too was overweight as per his photo. It is imperative that blood workups be used for specific follow up to rectify values that are flagged for correction. These are: LDL, Triglycerides, HDL, A1C and CRP.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/3/2014 1:24 AM

Under weight and poor diet is just as deadly. Police Photo's are difficult to use to assume someone's body size since all that extra gear, vest, gun belt, tight collars etc... tends to over exaggerate someone's size. There are also many officers with congenital heart defects that they are completely unaware of until they become a problem. Never assume, but you should already know that.

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