Hero Down: Benton County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Fontaine Succumbs To Brain Cancer
Corvallis, OR – Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Rick Fontaine died on May 20, following a brief battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.
The 48-year-old deputy was diagnosed with glioblastoma in late April, the BCSO said in a press release.
“Our very own Deputy Rick Fontaine was diagnosed last week with an aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma, which has minimal treatment options and a current survival timeline of less than three years,” the department said at the time.
Although the devastating diagnosis came as a shock to everyone, Deputy Fontaine remained positive.
“Rick is living each day to the fullest, moment by moment, and is set on making the most of the time he has with his wife, daughter, other family, and friends,” the BCSO said on April 30.
Less than a month later, Deputy Fontaine passed away at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Benton County Undersheriff Greg Ridler told the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
“He came to the office on Saturday, had a seizure and collapsed,” Undersheriff Ridler said. “He never regained consciousness.”
Deputy Fontaine, a 25-year veteran-of-the-force, served as a reserve deputy, marine deputy, detective, and field training deputy during his career with the BCSO, according to a fundraising page established to help his family.
He was looking forward to retiring after his decades of public service.
“We had hoped for his time on earth to be a little longer after his initial devastating diagnosis. It was not to be,” the BCSO said, according to KATU.
The department said that Deputy Fontaine faced his cancer diagnosis with honor and courage – just as he had had served his community.
Deputy Fontaine leaves behind his wife of eight years, Angie, as well as their six-year-old daughter, according to his fundraising page.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Benton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rick Fontaine, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.