Linn County Sheriff's Office announces death of deputy

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

The Linn County Sheriff's Office on Monday announced that Sgt. Stacy Murrow died at a hospital in Pittsburg. (Screen capture)

MOUND CITY – The Linn County Sheriff's Office announced Monday evening, Dec. 27, that Sgt. Stacy Murrow of the department died earlier that day.

"Sergeant Murrow will be missed by family, friends, and co-workers," said a post by Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend on Facebook announcing her death. "Sergeant Murrow will always be remembered as a kind loving person who cherished her family and friends."

Linn County Commission Chair Rick James on Monday ordered that all flags on county buildings be lowered to half-mast in honor of Murrow.

The cause of death has not been officially released. However, Murrow, a Blue Mound resident, had been admitted to Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan., because of an illness.

Sheriff Kevin Friend said in an interview on Tuesday, Dec. 28, that his office was inundated with calls on Monday after people learned of Murrow's death.

Friend said that Murrow, 48, began working for the sheriff's office as a jailer in January 2000. She worked her way into becoming a deputy, and in 2020 she was appointed to the sergeant's post.

"That was my first appointment to the sergeant's position," Friend said. "I was very proud of that. She worked so long and was so decent with everybody."

Because of her long tenure with the sheriff's office, Murrow was well known across the county, and many people have expressed their condolences on social media.

In a social media post on Tuesday, Deputy Craig Haley, who worked under Murrow for the past year and a half, called her a great role model, both for children and adults.

"She always wanted to help and make someone’s day better," he said. "If you screwed up, she would let you know but leave it up to you to fix it and leave it there. Her leadership style was standalone and was somewhere in between a big sister and a military drill instructor.

"If Stacy walked into a room and spoke, everyone was quiet because she was highly respected. Respect that was earned over a 20+ year career."

Visitation for Murrow will be on Tuesday, Jan. 4, from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. at the Mound City Baptist Church at 8424 Paine Rd. The funeral will be Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at the church.

Burial is to follow at the Sunny Slope Cemetery located at County Road 500 and Colpetzer Rd. just north of Blue Mound.

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