New Father, Sheriff’s Deputy Dies Suddenly in Clinton County

LOCK HAVEN -- The Clinton County Sheriff's Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. A sheriff's deputy died suddenly last night in Lock Haven. The sheriff’s office tells Newswatch, Stephen Herrold was a new father and just 30 years old.

Each deputy sheriff wore a black band around their badge in honor of 30-year-old Stephen Herrold who died suddenly. Herrold had been a sheriff's deputy for about a year and a half.

"Last night Clinton County Sheriff's office lost Stephen Herrold to a medical emergency of some sort which we don't even know the cause of yet," said Stover.

Sheriff Kerry Stover believes Herrold was healthy and happy. He welcomed his first child, Brock Joseph, just 10 days before his death.

“Stephen was going to be an amazing father. He was just talking about when this child was going to come. He can't wait. He can't wait. He can't wait. For him to only enjoy that for 10 days is unbelievable to me," said Stover.

"He will be very much missed in the office as a deputy but very much missed as a friend to everybody here too," said Stover.

An autopsy is planned to try to determine Deputy Herrold's cause of death. Sheriff Stover expects the office will close completely for the funeral service in a few days.


  • Jose Lopez

    We need to understand that law enforcement is needed. Without law enforcement it will be like the wild west.
    Think about it for a second living with no sense of security. Not all police officers are good but most of them do their job. People that hate law enforcement would be crying without them. I hope Gob bless that child to be as much of a great man as his father was.

  • We love Deputy Herrold

    This is someone’s family. Stop posting hate comments. His newborn son doesn’t need to see those when he gets older. He was a great man. We love you Stephen. Funny thing is he’s probably laughing at you hating idiots. I could see him now with that shitty grin. I’m proud to have seen your journey as a deputy. We will miss you. We won’t forget you. Brock will know that his daddy was the best.

  • Nancy Mann

    I’ve seen some bad comments on here and it’s ridiculous. Let’s grief for a little while and not be so ignorant.

  • Get a Life

    You people make me sick. Both those who are serious and the trolls (who are blatantly terrible)
    RIP Deputy Herrold. #thinblueline

  • Archie Beal

    You people that despise law enforcement make me sick. It s obvious you people wouldn’t stand a chance to join their ranks nor would they want you. You people would not be worthy to shine their boots or wash their cars. These men and women deserve a lot more respect than what they are shown. There is no doubt when turmoil or distress enters your meaningless and insignificant world, they are the first you call and rely on to save your pathetic ass. What hypocrites

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