Popular Lenoir City detective dies after surgery

Popular Lenoir City detective dies after surgery


6 News Reporter

LENOIR CITY (WATE) - A well-known Lenoir City police detective has died.

Det. Jonathan Sartin became sick last week and was recovering from surgery at home. He was expected to make a full recovery, but Monday morning he was found unresponsive.

Det. Sartin had been on the Lenoir City police force for 26 years, but had served the community there for much longer.    

"Jonathan was just an over the top individual," said Lenoir City Police Chief Don White. "He was full of life, full of energy. This is just a devastating blow to our community."

Chief White says before Sartin joined the department he had worked in several other capacities.

"He's been a community servant probably since he was in high school," said Chief White. "He's worked for the rescue squad. He's worked for the ambulance service. He's worked in the dispatch center. He's worked for the sheriff."

Along with being part of the police department, Det. Sartin also had another passion - baseball.

Sartin had been a city baseball commissioner for a decade and had been umpiring city sports for more than 20 years.

"He was umpiring last Thursday night," said Lenoir City Parks and Recreation Director Steve Harrelson. "That shows what kind of person he was. He was feeling terrible. His stomach was hurting all night. He sat there and umpired the games to the very end."

Sartin leaves behind his fiance and four children.

His youngest son, Jon Sartin, says there is a lot that he will miss about his dad.

"His smiles," said Sartin, "All the jokes he told me. He always messed around with me. I loved it. I'm just going to miss him a lot."

"I've lost my best friend," said Sartin's fiance, Tina Howard. "Jonathan was so loved. He will be so missed by so many people."

Funeral arrangements for Sartin are still being planned.

All Lenoir City baseball games were canceled Monday night due to Sartin's death.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to donate to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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