Hero Down: CCSO Undersheriff Stephen McLoud Succumbs To 9/11-Related Cancer
Jordan, NY – Cayuga County Undersheriff Stephen McLoud died in the line of duty on Aug. 29, following a battle with cancer that developed after his service at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.
Undersheriff McLoud, 59, was the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office’s (CCSO) chief criminal investigator at the time of the attacks, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
He assisted in search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center, which exposed him to toxins that led to his cancer diagnosis years later, the Auburn Citizen reported.
Undersheriff McLoud’s law enforcement career began in January of 1982, when he was hired as the Village of Weedsport’s first full-time officer, according to The Post-Standard.
He joined the CCSO 18 months later, and began serving as the agency’s undersheriff in 2003.
Undersheriff McLoud retired in 2006, having served 24 years as a law enforcement officer.
He simultaneously served 35 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Weedsport Fire Department, according to the Auburn Citizen.
Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said he was thankful for the nine years he and Undersheriff McLoud worked together at the CCSO.
"Steve's willingness to direct and help me had a significant impact on me personally," Sheriff Schenck said. "I will be forever grateful for the guidance and mentorship that he gave me early in my career. Steve influenced many people in a positive way."
Undersheriff McLoud leaves behind his wife, Anne, and his children, Kenneth and Ashley.
He passed away on his 38th wedding anniversary, according to his obituary.
"Know going forward that your family is part of our family and always will be,” Sheriff Schenck told the fallen undersheriff’s family. “Thank you for sharing Steve with us and know that we will never forget 703's service and the positive impact he had on all of us.”
Undersheriff McLoud was laid to rest on Saturday, the Auburn Citizen reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cayuga County Undersheriff Stephen McLoud, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.