Sheriff’s office, community rallies behind hospitalized chief deputy

MARSHALL COUNTY, Alabama (WHNT) – Community members, local officials and businesses ask for prayers after Steve Guthrie, the chief deputy of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office was hospitalized last month.

According to social media posts by Guthrie’s wife, Tammy, he was admitted to hospital with pancreatitis and gallstones on Saturday, October 22. She said doctors were planning to remove his gallbladder, but he coded around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, October 26.

“After about 10 minutes of CPR God sent him back to us,” Tammy Guthrie wrote on Facebook. “[Doctors] I think he coded due to a combination of painkillers and his sleep apnea, but I’m not sure until more tests are done.

She said those tests were to take place on October 27. That day, Tammy said doctors limited Steve Guthrie’s visits to immediate family members only.

Steve was transferred to Huntsville Hospital on October 28.

Tammy’s latest update was released on Friday, November 4. She said her husband suffered “severe anoxic brain damage in multiple areas”.

“He is currently not responding,” she wrote. “All the movements we’ve seen so far are reflex movements of his brainstem.”

Following Chief Deputy Guthrie’s hospitalization, several Marshall County businesses, including Jefferson’s and Hardee’s, added “PRAY FOR STEVE” to their signs.

Several prayer vigils were also held for Guthrie on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

“The kindness and the abundance of prayers from friends, family and community are absolutely overwhelming!” Tammy wrote. “I can’t wait for him to open his eyes and see the many posts with so many people praying and all the businesses supporting him asking for prayers on their billboards.”

“Just know that [the entire family is] extremely grateful and blessed to have such loving and caring friends, family and community! she concludes. “All I ask is that everyone keep praying.”

For the most recent updates on Chief Deputy Guthrie’s condition and opportunities to help his family, visit the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.


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