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April 04, 2004

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Slain deputy was known for his dedication, humor

Officer Down: Sgt. Jeff Hewitt - [Asheville, North Carolina]

ASHEVILLE - Friends and colleagues mourning the death of Jeff Hewitt described him as dedicated professional who loved law enforcement and a good joke.

Flags were flying at half-staff Monday at the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department just hours after Hewitt was gunned down while trying to serve involuntary commitment papers at a residence off Mills Gap Road.

Fellow officers are taking the death of the 11-year veteran hard.

"I've been going over this 1,000 times in my head, and you're never prepared for something like this," said Sgt. Michael Murphy, a good friend of Hewitt. "It's a shock to everybody."

Marcia Bies served with Hewitt for eight years before she left the department in September. The patrol supervisor always put the needs and safety of his officers first, she said.

"I know he's gone, but it's just hard to accept," Bies said. "In your mind you can still see him smiling and joking. He was a big jokester. It's hard to think you'll never see that again."
Hewitt received many awards during his career with the department, including being named Officer of the Year in 2002. He was a member of the Special Response Team. He leaves behind a wife of three years, Tracy, his parents and other family members.

Hewitt grew up Tullahoma, Tenn., where he was a star defensive end on his high school football team before graduating in 1988. Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp., serving six years as a military police officer, including a stint aboard an aircraft carrier stationed in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War.

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