LAWRENCEVILLE -- Flags flew at half-staff outside the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office Wednesday to mark the passing of a beloved 25-year veteran of the department.
Capt. Laura Lynne Hicks, 48, was hired as Gwinnett County deputy sheriff on May 28, 1987. For 25 years she would serve "in virtually every division" and eventually take on several command roles. She received 27 commendations for outstanding job performance and participation in volunteer community service events, officials said.
On Wednesday, Hicks passed away following a battle with cancer.
"Capt. Laura Hicks was a true professional law enforcement officer who made a difference to her department, community and friends," Sheriff Butch Conway said. "If nothing else, the overwhelming number of people who volunteered to help Laura or called to express their concerns during her illness says volumes about the positive influence Laura had on people."
Hicks took the initial assignment to the detention division in 1987, and was promoted to sergeant by 1991. While in field operations, she was assigned to the fugitive unit, the GBI metro fugitive squad and investigations.
After several years in a supervisory role in the court services division, Hicks was promoted to lieutenant in 1999, and then captain in 2005. She served most recently in the court services division.
The law enforcement veteran, whom sheriff's department spokesman Lt. Sean Smith called a "brave and loved professional," was a graduate of the University of Georgia with a master's degree from Columbus State University.