Detective Randall "Shane" Thomas Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina End of Watch: Friday, December 28, 2012

Detective Randall Henderson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Detective Randall "Shane" Thomas

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina
End of Watch: Friday, December 28, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 47
Tour of Duty: 19 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Training accident
Date of Incident: May 1, 2009
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Charles S. McDonald
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office
100 North Grove Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 697-4596

Detective Thomas died due to complications from an injury he sustained while taking part in mounted patrol training in May 2009.
He was training at a 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, sister and parents.

A retired detective with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office died on Dec. 28, more than three years after he was injured while training as a member of the agency’s mounted patrol.

Detective Randall "Shane" Thomas, 47, was training at Horse Shoe Farm on Banner Farm Road in May 2009 when the horse he was riding reared and fell on top of him, according to The Times-News.

The 19-year veteran was paralyzed after sustaining a spinal cord injury in the incident and succumbed to his injuries at Park Ridge Hospital after years of battling off infections.

"He was very articulate and he was one of those guys that never met a stranger," Deputy Geoff Bishop told the newspaper. "Just the way he was, you’d go to a house and he’d get them to believe he was a friend, and they’d just give up whatever they had that was illegal."

He is survived by his wife, Anita Thomas, and their two daughters and two sons.

Thomas was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Dec. 31.

Obituary

http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20121230/ARTICLES/121229753/1008/sports?Title=Randall-8220-Shane-8221-Thomas-47 

Randall “Shane” Thomas, 47, of Hendersonville passed away Friday, December 28, 2012 at Park Ridge Hospital. A native of Thomasville, NC, he was a son of Ivey and Linda Huskins Thomas of Hendersonville. He was a retired detective with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Anita Thomas; two daughters, Monica Hartline and Lauren Thomas, both of Hendersonville; two sons, Josh Thomas and Justin Hartline, both of Hendersonville; a grandson, Micah Schott; a sister, Amy Wilkie and her husband Jerome of Hendersonville; a brother, Jack Thomas and his wife Pam of Churchton, MD; and five nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be at 1:00 pm Monday, December 31, 2012 at Mud Creek Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11: 00 am to 1:00 pm prior to the service in the church.

Memorials may be made to Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol, 100 N. Grove Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

A guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.forestlawnhendersonville.com.

Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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1 Response to “Detective Randall "Shane" Thomas Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina End of Watch: Friday, December 28, 2012”


  1. 1 Joan Parker January 1, 2013 at 09:38

    Rest In Peace Detective Thomas…


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