Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence, who served in law enforcement in the Coastal Empire for six decades, died Tuesday night following a battle with cancer. He was 81.
The announcement came from a spokesperson from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday morning.
He had notified his staff at the sheriff’s office of his cancer diagnosis in July and had been receiving chemotherapy treatments.
Al St. Lawrence was born in Dover, New Hampshire on July 12, 1934. He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in 1966, ten years after being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force after serving for four years from 1952-1956. He served for a time at Hunter Field, and opted to stay in the Coastal Empire.
He became a Chatham County Police Patrolman on March 15, 1959 and ascended through ranks until he was appointed Chief of Police in August of 1971 and eventually was elected as Sheriff in Chatham County in May, 1992.
Sheriff St. Lawrence would be re-elected four times, including most recently in 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; six children, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Anyone wishing to donate flowers can send them to Fox & Weeks Funeral Home on Hodgson Memorial.
Above is an interview done in 2014 with Sheriff St Lawrence