Detective Randall “Shane” Thomas

 Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina — Detective Shane Thomas died due to complications from an injury he sustained  while taking part in mounted patrol training in May 2009.
He was training  at Horseshoe Farms when the horse he was riding reared and fell on top of him,  breaking his neck and rendering him a quadriplegic. He was airlifted to Mission  Hospital and spent the next four months rehabilitating in Atlanta, Georgia.
Detective Thomas returned home in October 2009 but had limited mobility.  With the assistance of voice activated computer software, he was able to return  to work with the sheriff’s office performing computer data entry and managing  confidential information about drug dealers.
Detective Thomas developed  complications from his spinal injuries and passed away on December 28th, 2012,  as a result.
Detective Thomas had served with the Henderson County  Sheriff’s Office for 19 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two  daughters, one grandson, brother, sister, parents, and his grandmother.


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