Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma recognizes deputy who brought her horse to a cancer-stricken elderly woman's bedside for loving affection before she died

Photos for Headline Surfer / The SCSO's 'Wrangler' is shown above in the inset and below in a display image with another horse, partially obscured in this still image. Sheriff Dennis Lemma recognized Wrangler's human partner, Deputy Molly Smith with a special award for bring comfort to a cancer-stricken elderly woman in her final hours as she arranged to have the horse at her bedside for a respite from impending death, truly a touching gesture. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

SANFORD, Fla. -- There were few dry eyes in the room when Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma presented Deputy Molly Smith with the Community Service Award during the law enforcement agency's annual awards ceremony over the weekend.

Deputy Smith helped fulfill the last wish of an elderly woman with end-stage cancer, Lemma told Headline Surfer, in such a loving and compassionate way that her action gives added meaning to the mantra "to serve and protect."

"The woman, who was a horse gal when she was younger, told her children that she wanted to see, touch and smell a horse one more time," Lemma said. "Unfortunately, she was confined to bed and was not able to travel to see a horse. So, Deputy Smith loaded up her very own horse, Wrangler, and transported him to a local facility so that the dying woman could interact with a horse one last time." 

Shortly over 24 hours after the visit, the woman passed away.

Seminole County Sheriff's mounted horse Wrangler / Headline SurferDeputy Molly Smith helped fulfill the last wish of an elderly woman with end-stage cancer, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma told Headline Surfer.

"The woman, who was a horse gal when she was younger, told her children that she wanted to see, touch and smell a horse one more time," Lemma said. "Unfortunately, she was confined to bed and was not able to travel to see a horse. So, Deputy Smith loaded up her very own horse, Wrangler, and transported him to a local facility so that the dying woman could interact with a horse one last time."

Shortly over 24 hours after the visit, the woman passed away.

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Daytona Beach, Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL where he's pursuing an MA in New Media/Journalism (degree in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka Daily News, 2007-'08; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-'04; and cops & courts for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-'96.