CHESTERFIELD — County residents joined Sheriff Jay Brooks and his deputies this month in mourning the loss of one of their own.
Deputy Cubie Shields died the afternoon of Sept. 21 from injuries sustained in a Sept. 8 Cheraw crash, Brooks said. Shields was traveling on Market Street on his personal vehicle, a Can-Am three-wheel motorcycle, when authorities say a car hit him from behind.
“Every afternoon, that was his thing,” Brooks said, describing Shields’ love of riding.
Shields sustained significant head injuries, a couple of broken vertebrae and some internal bruising. Brooks said with the extent of his injuries, family and colleagues didn’t think he would survive the transport from McLeod Health to the Charlotte, North Carolina trauma center where he was taken.
But Shields did, and his condition had been improving.
Brooks said he and all of the the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s office is truly saddened by the loss.
“He just had a huge smile,” Brooks said. “He was a great, great guy. He met people with a big smile. Everyone knew him because he operated the X-ray machine at the courthouse. He was my ambassador.”
Shields served as a courtroom security officer and transport deputy for the sheriff’s office. He was a Vietnam veteran who served in the Air Force. He had joined the sheriff’s office in 2003.
His funeral was held Friday, Sept. 25, at Cheraw Family Worship Center.
Police Chief Keith Thomas opened up the Cheraw Police department meeting on Sept. 23 with a moment of silence in honor of Shields.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.