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Deputy Sheriff Steven LaCruz Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff

Steven LaCruz "Cruz" Thomas

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 612

Cause: Automobile crash

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Deputy Sheriff Cruz Thomas was killed in a vehicle crash on I-85, near mile marker 163, while attempting to catch a traffic violator at approximately 9:00 pm.

A tractor trailer traveling in the same direction attempted to change lanes, causing Deputy Thomas' vehicle to leave the highway, overturn, and strike several trees. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputy Cruz's father serves as the sheriff of Franklin County. Deputy Cruz also served with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and had served in law enforcement for seven years. He was survived by his wife and 8-month-old daughter.

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Cruz, I can't believe it's been 2 years since I received the phone call that would forever change my life and so many others. On this anniversary it was tragic and I was 10 hours away with absolutely nothing that I could do but think about you and your family, and how I would cope with the news. I still haven't found a way deal with it but I guess I have learned to manage. I will never ever forget how much of a public servant you were. Whether you were in your deputy uniform answering calls for service, enforcing traffic laws, or responding to first responder calls, or fighting fires as a firefighter, you were truly a standout in our community and we were blessed to have you. You made us safer everyday and I wish I could count how many nights you were off and called asking me if I needed you to go 10- 8. That was the type of person you were, always there whenever anybody needed you. Brother I miss you more than you could ever imagine, but as you know you and I still have our time when we are slow in the middle of the night and I come see you . Things are not the same without you but I know that you are in a better place, looking after all of us. We continue to have the watch here, and may you still rest peacefully knowing that your work on earth has been completed. Again, I miss you buddy and know we will be serving beside each other again ! Daniel 629

Captain Daniel Smith
Franklin County Sheriff's Department
May 22, 2016


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