Former Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall has died

Published: Mar. 23, 2016 at 11:50 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2016 at 11:50 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Former Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall died Wednesday morning following complications from cancer, according to his successor, Sheriff Derrick Cunningham.

Marshall was 65 year old.

Born on July 14, 1950 in Massachusetts, David T. Marshall would go on to serve his entire life in law enforcement. He served in the U.S. Army, then spent 20 years with the Montgomery Police Department before retiring as a Lieutenant.

Marshall was elected county sheriff in 1998 and would go on to serve four consecutive terms. He spent the remainder of his career in public service as sheriff before announcing in 2013 plans to retire in early 2015.

The sheriff served numerous volunteer and community leadership roles including with the Alabama Sheriff's Association, the National Sheriff's Association, the Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge and as a member of VOCAL, the Victims of Crime and Leniency. Sheriff Marshall was also a member of Snowdoun United Methodist Church.

Those who worked along side Marshall credit him for helping the office grow and becoming what it is today.

"It is because of his leadership. We came here, we had one floor in this whole building, now we have three. We had a fleet of about 80-90 vehicles, now look at the fleet we have. Look at the number of deputies we have now, we were able to expand to where we are at today," said Cunningham.

Cunningham says DT pushed his deputies to give 100 percent every day and was an advocate for victims.

"DT was big into victim's rights. He wanted to make sure if there was a victim of a crime, he was there and he was going to make sure they were taken care of. He wanted to be that voice for victims. He's going to be missed," says Cunningham.

Cunningham says he worked with Marshall almost his entire career. He says they were like family, saying Marshall was more than a brother.

"Anytime you have a person that has touched you and gave you just about everything in life, it's going to be hard," says Cunningham. "We've been talking to one another and we were prepared. You can stay prayed up, but when the time comes it's totally different. Yes, it's hurting."

Just Monday, the Montgomery County Commission renamed the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Firing Range and Training Facility in Marshall's honor.

Marshall's funeral will be on Monday at Frazer United Methodist Church. Visitation is at 12:30-2:30 p.m., and the funeral will begin at 3 p.m.

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