11/05/2003

Deputy Dies of Crash Injuries - Flag at Half-Staff

Officer Down: Lt. Greg Medlin - [Memphis, Tennessee]

The Commercial Appeal, Inc.

Memphis, Tenn. -- Lt. Greg Medlin, the DeSoto County, Tenn. deputy who was severely injured in a Sept. 25 automobile accident, died at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis Sunday afternoon.

He was 31.

The official cause of death could not be gathered Sunday; but Medlin, a father of two daughters ages 11 and 7, had been in critical condition since the accident.

The family had been cautiously optimistic last week that he would recover because his blood pressure was stabilizing, according to his uncle, Supervisor Jessie Medlin.

But Medlin had an infection and doctors were having trouble locating its source, treating it with strong antibiotics, his uncle said.

Medlin was injured while responding to a suspicious-person call at a church on Center Hill Road; he lost control of his car on Bethel Road and overturned, deputies said.

Family members had maintained a daily vigil at the hospital.

The son of Constable Floyd Medlin, Greg Medlin had been with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department for 10 years and was a shift supervisor.

In Hernando, the Sheriff's Department lowered its flag to half-staff Sunday.

"There are a lot of sad officers," said Chief David Mitchell. "There are a lot of officers who I'm sure will reflect on memories or different calls made with Lt. Medlin. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. It's a sad day for the Sheriff's Department."

Friends have described Medlin as a light-hearted, fun person who was there when people needed him and took his dangerous job very seriously.

Medlin became the latest Memphis area officer to die as a result of an automobile accident.

Memphis police officer Jerry Epps, 43, died last Thursday in a head-on crash on the Thomas Street Bridge over the Wolf River.
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