Marshall Co. Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie passed away at age 58

Marshall Co. Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie passed away at age 58
Published: Nov. 4, 2022 at 10:36 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 9, 2022 at 9:22 PM CST
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MARSHALL CO., Ala. (WAFF) - Marshall County Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie passed away on Wednesday evening.

On Oct. 22 Guthrie was admitted to the hospital with pancreatitis and gallstones. According to his wife, after his pancreatitis had improved, doctors made a plan to remove his gallbladder.

On Oct. 26, Guthrie coded but doctors were able to resuscitate him. According to Mrs. Guthrie, he had five mini-seizures and the cause of them was unknown. He was then placed in the ICU.

On Friday, Guthrie’s last MRI showed that he had severe anoxic brain damage in multiple areas with the major damage being in the front areas of his brain. He was unresponsive and his neurologist removed all meds except for his feeding tube and antibiotics.

On Wednesday night, Marshall County deputies escorted him with lights and sirens from Huntsville Hospital to Shepherd’s Cove Hospice in Albertville. He died shortly after.

Chief Deputy Guthrie grew up in Scottsboro where he served as a police officer, then moved up to a multi-county drug enforcement unit then on to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

Before his passing, Mrs. Guthrie placed her husband “strictly in God’s hands” and expressed how grateful she is for the support of the community.

“This is so unexpected, devastating and incomprehensible! The support and love that’s being shown for Steve from friends, family and the community are overwhelming and I am extremely grateful for the abundance of prayers. We need a miracle,” Guthrie said.

Businesses all around the area have used their signs, windows, and billboards to show their support for Guthrie and his wife.

Members of the community came together for a prayer vigil for Guthrie held by his sister-in-law Tonya Etheridge.

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The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Secretary, Hal Taylor, released the following statement regarding Guthrie’s death:

“On behalf of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to both the friends and the family of Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. As the family, Sheriff’s Office and the community grieve, I have assured Sheriff Sims that we will make all ALEA resources available as they attempt to cope with this tragic loss. A dedicated law enforcement veteran of 30 years, Chief Deputy Guthrie’s leadership, courage and sacrifice to his local community, as well as to the entire State of Alabama, is apparent by the overwhelming care and support already displayed by those he so faithfully served.”