Hero Down: MCSO Deputy Harold 'Michael' Green Dies From Flu Complications
Chattanooga, TN – Meigs County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy Harold “Michael” Green died on Feb. 15 due to complications caused by multiple flu strains, pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
The 31-year-old deputy became ill on Christmas Eve, and was subsequently admitted to the hospital, according to a fundraising page established to help his family.
Soon thereafter, he stopped breathing and had to be put into an induced coma and onto a ventilator.
“He is getting better, but he's not responsive, he's still completely sedated,” Deputy Green’s wife, Carolyn, told WRCB two weeks later. “They said he could be in there for days, weeks, months…It’s hard. Going home and him not home is the hardest.”
The community rallied around Deputy Green, raising funds through raffles and a “Back the Blue” wrestling tournament.
“It was standing-room only,” coworker Andrew Howard told WRCB regarding the event. “It was great to see the community come out for Michael. I mean, Michael [has] done everything he could in his power for this community.”
Deputy Green succumbed to his illness at Erlanger Medical Center on Feb. 15, according to his obituary.
“It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Deputy Michael Green,” the MCSO said in a Facebook post. “Michael proudly served Meigs County and did so with a smile on his face. Michael made a positive impact on everyone he came in contact with and will be greatly missed.”
Deputy Green served the MCSO for two years, according to his obituary.
"He's a big-hearted person. He'll do anything for anybody,” MCSO Chief Deputy Brian Malone told WRCB. “Forgive me if I get choked up ‘cause, you know, he's a brother."
MCSO Detective Kevin Eschette said that Deputy Green’s death is a “huge, huge loss” for the agency.
“He was a major asset to our community – to our department,” Det. Eschette said. “He would have done anything to help his community, and like I said, I just don't think you can replace that.”
In addition to his wife, Deputy Green leaves behind his two daughters, Layla and Kynslie, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his parents, sister, grandparents, and many friends and extended family members.
“During this time, we ask for prayers for Green Family, friends, and the Meigs County Sheriff's Department as we grieve the loss of our brother in blue,” the MCSO said.
Deputy Green was laid to rest on Tuesday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Meigs County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Harold “Michael” Green, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.