Marion County, FL - Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Rendall died early Wednesday, July 12, according to WESH.
Marion County Deputies responded to Deputy Rendall's home for a reported suicide, and found him dead.
In an emotional video posted to the Marion County Sheriff's Department Facebook page, Sheriff Billy Woods talked about that call, his shock and sadness, and he asked for prayer for the deputies in his department. He also talked about the "above and beyond" job that his deputies do, and that there is help for "those that are contemplating taking their own life".
In that video: Sheriff Woods said:
"Hello Marion County Citizens, I’m your Sheriff Billy Woods. Today, I come to you with a heavy heart. Earlier Today, our agency experienced a tragedy that I want to personally let our citizens know about.
Our deputies were called to the scene of a suicide this afternoon. When we arrived, we found that one of our own deputies had taken his life. I am shocked and saddened by this news. Those of you that have lost a loved one to suicide know the pain and sadness it brings to those who knew that person...I want to let everyone know that there is help available to you if you are at a point that you are contemplating taking your life. T
he National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK and COP LINE National Law Enforcement Officer Hotline 1-800-267-5463 if you need help and there are many counseling services available to you here in Marion County as well.
Here at the Sheriff’s Office, we have an employee assistance program to provide these services to our own when they reach out for help. So I would encourage you to please reach out for help if you find yourself at a place in life that you need help..."
Deputy Rendall was a 13-year veteran of the MCSD. He served in various areas of patrol.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Rendall, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
You can see the message from the Sheriff below: