Hero Down: South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Jesse Cannon Dies By Suicide

South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Jesse Cannon, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, served his department for five years.

Greer, SC – South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) Trooper Jesse Cannon died by suicide at his home on June 22.

Greenville County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 26-year-old trooper’s Fews Bridge Road residence at approximately 2:30 p.m., after receiving a report that a man there was found deceased, WYFF reported.

Investigators said that no foul play was suspected.

Greenville County Coroner’s Office Senior Deputy Coroner Kent Dill said that Trooper Cannon’s death was determined to be a suicide, The News and Observer reported.

“The Highway Patrol extends its deepest sympathies to the Cannon family,” South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Leroy Smith said in a news release, according to The State. “Our hearts are heavy as we continue to keep TFC Cannon’s family as well as the members of the Troop Eight and Troop Three teams in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.”

Trooper Cannon, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, joined the SCHP in 2014, WYFF reported.

He was a Troop Three K9 handler, and also served with the Troop Eight Criminal Interdiction Unit.

“Trooper Cannon took great pride in his work and served his department well as a member of our Criminal Interdiction Team,” SCHP Colonel Chris Williamson said. “We will continue to stand alongside the Cannon family during the difficult days ahead.”

Trooper Cannon leaves behind his parents, as well as his “beloved K9 partner Rebman,” according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his siblings, nephew, nieces, grandmother, and many extended family members.

“Jesse had many close brothers and sisters in law enforcement, and his brotherhood of Marines,” his obituary read.

Trooper Cannon was laid to rest on Saturday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Jesse Cannon, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (13)
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Rascal1966
Rascal1966

RIP Officer. 😢 Prayers to your family and friends. 🙏

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

RIP, Brother.

stooge819
stooge819

Rest Easy Brother.

Firstjohnfour
Firstjohnfour

We can’t even imagine the things you see and deal with. However, we DO appreciate you all no matter what society says. Thank you beyond any words could express 🇺🇸👮🏻‍♀️👮🏻‍♂️ Rest easy 💙

pixiepup
pixiepup

So heartbreaking! Praying for the family and friends!

Rtravis58
Rtravis58

Rant! ...This country seems to be more concerned with our treatment of illegals than the treatment of our veterans, this young man is now another statistic in the rising suicide rate among our veterans. He was obviously in trouble and needed help. We let him down! This young man had a promising future, a full life ahead of him! This is heartbreaking. He fought for our freedoms, the freedoms of our citizens. We need to protest the treatment or actually the lack of treatment for our veterans. This must stop! Rant over.....

61mouse
61mouse

Feel for the K9 he's going to be looking for him . Should just retire him and let the family have the poor pup

CelticTiger
CelticTiger

I live in South Carolina this is heartbreaking...so very sorry for his family...you will be missed...RIP

Spydersniper
Spydersniper

Thank you for your service to our great country. As a law enforcement officer we tend to see the good and the truly bad out there. We know it was tough. Rest in peace Trooper. You have done well!

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

It's nice to see they're honoring him. My agency had a suicide and they told us not to even shrowd our badges. I thought that was pretty messed up. And I know it was more PR motivated because they had just returned the service firearm to him after a previous attempt.

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

My god!!!! This is. Coming all too common. If you need to talk to someone, find help through your EAP, peer support, or other means. Hell, if you need to talk, I’ll give you my number, call me. Day or night, I don’t care about losing sleep to save one of own. Call me, or anyone else.

poetlady
poetlady

THE OTHER SILENT KILLER - There is a serious problem happening right before our eyes. The suicide of those who serve is sadly on the rise. There's so much emphasis put on cocaine and other drugs but this deadly epidemic is being swept under the rug. It's hard for us to understand why one would choose to end their life. But unless we have walked in their shoes we can't know their strife. There needs to be a safe haven where these troubled souls can rest. Renew their mind and body so they can be at their best. Then they will be able to return to their call and be prepared to catch those who are about to fall. We can't ignore this problem it's gone on far too long. We must take action NOW to keep our heroes safe and strong.