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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.

Holly Matkin - July Tue, 2019


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