HOLLY SPRINGS – Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said Friday that his department lost “one of the best” when deputy Carol Scruggs was killed in a traffic accident.
Scruggs, 47, was killed in a one-car accident Friday after her squad car ran off the road just west of Holly Springs and hit a light pole shortly after 7 a.m.
Scruggs, who was ejected from the vehicle, was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where she was later pronounced dead.
Dickerson said the accident occurred while the deputy was responding to a report that a suspicious vehicle was parked at a bank that had been robbed recently.
“If I know Carol she was trying to get there as fast as she could to make sure the situation was under control,” said Dickerson. “She was great at her job. So when she got a call she didn’t hesitate to get right on it. This is a very tragic day for our department, the people of Marshall County and Mississippi. We’ve lost one of the best.”
Scruggs was the mother of four children. She had worked for Marshall County since 2006 and previously served as a deputy in Benton County and a police officer in Byhalia.
“She was a really good person, and she loved her job – just loved it,” said her cousin, Shirley Moon of Tupelo. “You know there are risks in law enforcement, but it’s still such a shock, so tragic when something like this happens.”
Dickerson said that once he hired Scruggs, there was no way he was going to let her work for anyone else.
“She was a keeper,” said the sheriff. “She loved everyone. Even the people she had to arrest loved and respected her because she was just a great professional at all times. We are just lost right now, especially the deputy who was first on the scene. He worked with her a lot and was very close to her.”
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