Dayton, OH – Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Harvey died unexpectedly on Wednesday.
His exact cause of death was not released.
The 46-year-old deputy served the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) for nearly two decades.
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the sudden passing of Deputy Darren Harvey,” the department said in a Facebook post. “Deputy Harvey was a highly decorated and dedicated Deputy serving the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for 19-years.”
Prior to joining MCSO, Deputy Harvey served as a Clay Township police officer for two years, according to his obituary.
He was hired by MCSO as a court officer in 1999, and was promoted to deputy sheriff in 2000, the department said.
For the past 12 years, he had been working as a K9 handler with his partners, K9 Basko and K9 Axel.
It was a position he was passionate about, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Deputy Harvey was a Sheriff’s Office K9 Trainer, a Trainer for the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers, and a State of Ohio Canine Evaluator,” the department’s post read. “Deputy Harvey is irreplaceable and our office is devastated with his sudden and unexpected passing.”
Deputy Harvey was also serving as the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #104 president at the time of his sudden death, according to his obituary.
The veteran deputy leaves behind his wife, Colleen, as well as his parents, stepchildren, granddaughter, and siblings.
He is also survived by his in-laws, nieces, nephews, extended family members, “his Sheriff’s Department and Canine families, and his K9 partner Axel,” according to his obituary.
Deputy Harvey will be laid to rest on Tuesday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Harvey, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.