Community Fondly Remembers Sgt. After Sudden Death

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Allegan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Tatrow died of a sudden and tragic illness over the weekend.  Monday, his friends and co-workers shared stories of his dedication to law enforcement and the community.

The loss of life is always tragic, but especially so when the death is unexpected as was the case with the passing of 45-year-old Allegan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Tatrow.  Tatrow died Saturday after coming down with a sudden and mysterious infection.

“That infection ravaged him,” said Lt. Frank Baker, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office.  He ended up with an extremely high fever and the complications from that, flu like symptoms and the things that come about from those types of infections, and it was just too much.”

Sgt. Tatrow was a 19-year-veteran with the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office.  He was a K-9 officer, SWAT team member and Honor Guard member.

“I always looked up to him as a mentor,” said Lt. Scott Matice, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office.  “He was kind of the glue to hold our agency together.  Through good times and bad times he was always there for people and he was just very special.”

 “He was very passionate about the part of law enforcement that allowed him to help other people.  It wasn’t about statistics or numbers with him.  It was about making a difference in the community and that’s truly the biggest loss in this,” said Lt. Mike Larsen, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office.

Outside his job Sgt. Tatrow was a family man with a wife, daughter and 18-year-old son who wants to go into law enforcement like his father.

Meanwhile, many of his friends and co-workers will sorely miss the man they said always had a smile on his face and loved the outdoors.

“If I were to see him walking down the street without a smile on his face I wouldn’t recognize him.  That’s all I see.  I close my eyes and I see that smile, I hear that laugh, and it’s going to be greatly missed,” said Lt. Larsen.

Visitation for Sgt. Tatrow is Tuesday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Archer Hampel and Kubiak Funeral Home in Dorr.  The funeral will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Wayland.

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