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 covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.