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January 26, 2010
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Ga. sheriff's deputy has heart attack on duty

James Michael Lord, 56, became ill while transporting an inmate

By Julie Arrington
Forsyth News

FORSYTH, Ga. — The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is mourning a veteran deputy who died Monday afternoon of an apparent heart attack while on duty.

Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said James Michael Lord, 56, became ill while transporting an inmate to the local detention center from Magistrate Court.

Huggins said Lord was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he was pronounced dead. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

Karleen Chalker, sheriff’s personnel coordinator, said Lord’s death came as a “shock.”

“This caught us by surprise,” she said.

Chalker said Lord had been with the agency since 2000 and had worked in the sheriff’s detention division headquarters transport unit since 2005.

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