Clarkesville, GA – Habersham County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Deputy Patrick Mayfield died unexpectedly on July 5, according to his department.
“It is with deep regret and heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Deputy Patrick Mayfield,” HCSO said in a Facebook post.
“Patrick will be greatly missed. His family is in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers also," the statement said.
The 52-year-old school resource deputy’s law enforcement career began in September of 1993, when he joined the Toccoa Police Department (TPD), according to a HCSO School Resource Officer (SRO) Program Facebook post.
During his time with the TPD, Deputy Mayfield led the D.A.R.E. program, and “encouraged young people with positive and healthy lifestyles,” the post read.
He later served in the Criminal Investigations Unit, and went on to investigate all of TPD’s drug cases as a detective sergeant.
Deputy Mayfield began serving HCSO in July of 2013.
"’Put me in coach...' is a phrase that our ‘sport’ at South Habersham Middle and Level Grove Elementary loves to hear!” the HCSO SRO Program said in 2017.
“Deputy Patrick Mayfield is a big proponent of youth athletic activities,” the post continued. “You might find him near one of our school ball fields working security or directing traffic in front of a school campus or eating lunch with students in their cafeteria. Make sure you cheer him on... We love having him on our team!”
Retired teacher Stacey McLaurin Slay said that Deputy Mayfield was “truly a beloved asset for the children of our school system,” Now Habersham reported. “He spoke gently, kindly, respectfully to teachers, staff, and always, the students.”
Deputy Mayfield had a way of making even the youngest children feel comfortable, Slay said.
“We are at a loss for words,” the HCSO SRO Program said in another Facebook post. “Our friend, colleague...Our brother, Patrick Mayfield, will be greatly missed.”
“Our deepest condolences to his family and those who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. Prayers for comfort. Rest well, SRO Mayfield... We got it from here, brother,” the department said.
In addition to his work as an SRO, Deputy Mayfield often volunteered his time to accompany athletic teams to out-of-town games, HCSO Captain Floyd Canup told Now Habersham.
“His dedication to the children and citizens of this county will not be forgotten,” Capt. Canup said.
Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said that the death of the longtime deputy has left his department in shock.
“He touched many lives in our schools,” Sheriff Terrell noted. “We have a hole in our lives and we are truly going to miss seeing his smiling face.”
Deputy Mayfield leaves behind his wife and son, according to the sheriff.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Habersham County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Patrick Mayfield, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.