St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is asking for prayers after a former deputy dies from medical complications 16 years after she was involved in an on-duty crash. Mary Mayo passed away at her home Thursday. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office has ruled her cause of death as due to complications from injuries she sustained in the 2007 crash.
Mayo, a former St. Tammany Sheriff's deputy, was paralyzed in June 2007 when a tree fell on the patrol car she was riding in during a funeral procession for another deputy. Her fiancé, STPSO Sgt. Linden “Beau” Raimer, who was driving the patrol car, died in the accident.
“I am saddened to hear of Mary’s passing,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “She served the people of St. Tammany Parish with pride and has fought hard to overcome her injuries. She will be missed by those who worked with and knew her. My condolences go out to her family.”
Mayo began her career as a dispatcher with the Sheriff’s Office in October 2005. She received a medical disability retirement following the 2007 crash that left her paralyzed.