Deputy released from hospital after suffering ‘cardiac event.’

October 20, 2016
Oceana County Sheriff's Deputy Roy Strait

Oceana County Sheriff’s Deputy Roy Strait

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Deputy released from hospital after suffering ‘cardiac event.’

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — Oceana County Sheriff’s Deputy Roy Strait was released from the hospital Thursday morning, Oct. 20, after suffering a “cardiac event” while on duty one week ago, said Lt. Craig Mast.

Strait, 79, collapsed Thursday morning, Oct. 13, while on a truancy call at 6:30 a.m. on Michigan Avenue in Shelby, Mast said.

Strait underwent surgery to have a pace maker/defibrillator installed, he said. The long-time deputy is “back up on his feet” and “recovering well,” the lieutenant said.

Fellow officers at the scene immediately gave Strait aide. “They were very heroic,” Mast said. “That gave Roy a huge fighting chance, because he was in the company of first responders.”

Strait has been a deputy with Oceana County Sheriff’s Office since 1994. In 1997, he started the Roy’s Kids Program through the sheriff’s office that helps children in need. He has been chief of police for the Village of New Era since 2008.

Strait ran for sheriff in the primary election last August against Mast, who won the election, and Undersheriff Tim Priese.

There is no maximum age requirement for deputies, Mast said, although the minimum age is 21.

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