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Shiawassee County Public Safety Loses One of Its Own

Troy Gorden - End of Watch

Posted by Durand Now at 10:28pm 12/29/19

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Shiawassee County's family of first responders and public safety is mourning today the loss of one of its own. On Saturday December 28th, Troy Gorden passed away at the age of 52. Gorden spent his lifetime in service, most of it with Shiawassee County Central Dispatch.

Gorden began his public safety career while still in high school, working with the Laingsburg Fire Department, Sheriff Brian BeGole shared in a tribute posted to Facebook on Sunday morning.

Gorden made two other stops before joining Shiawassee County Central Dispatch in 1999.

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Gorden retired early, in 2015, due to medical issues. He would later receive a kidney transplant -- not from a stranger, but from another in the public safety community; Shiawassee County's own EMT, Traci Settlmyre. That gift gave Gorden the opportunity to return to work at Shiawassee County Central Dispatch in 2018. A short time later, however, the donated kidney began to fail and Gorden was again forced to retire.

BeGole called Gorden "a giver at heart" and said "it showed in the amount of friends and strangers he impacted."

Read Sheriff BeGole's full statement below. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gorden's family and friends and the entire public safety community.

"It is with a very heavy heart we share with you, our community about the loss of one of our dispatchers. Troy Gorden, Badge 11. Troy started his career in public safety with Laingsburg Fire Department as a high schooler and then worked as a Dispatcher/EMT for Mercy Ambulance. He then took a Dispatcher position with Clinton County Central Dispatch and then finding his home at Shiawassee County Central Dispatch in 1999. In 2015 Troy began having medical issues and had to go into early retirement. He was put on a kidney transplant list and after some time, our own 1st responder family member, Traci Settlemeyer donated one of her kidneys to him. At that time He was able to come back to his SCCD home and began working again in 2018. After a short time his new kidney started to fail and once again had to retire. He was a giver at heart and it showed in the amount of friends and strangers he impacted. He will never be forgotten and will live in all our hearts for ever. We’ll take it from here, RIP Gordo. And, as Troy would say, “thank you for your support -Troy Gorden 8-6-67/12-28-19."

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