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Scotland deputy who rescued woman in 2011 dies

Posted August 19, 2012
Updated August 20, 2012

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— A Scotland County sheriff's deputy who rescued a woman trapped inside her trunk during a 2011 kidnapping died Sunday, authorities said. 

It wasn't clear how or when Lt. Tommy Butler died, but officials with the sheriff's office confirmed the news late Sunday. 

In February 2011, Butler said God put him in the right place at the right time to rescue a woman who had been kidnapped by a man and his girlfriend and forced to drive at gunpoint. 

No other information about Butler's death has been released. 

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  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 21, 2012

    "It's a sad day when one of most the "honest" LEO's has to give way for the newer, and lower form, of the original. RIP Tom"

    And your Grandfather probably said the same......

    Sad for a good man to die before their time.

  • dwr1964 Aug 20, 2012

    It's a sad day when one of most the "honest" LEO's has to give way for the newer, and lower form, of the original. RIP Tom

  • Scubagirl Aug 20, 2012

    RIP Deputy......thank you for your service

  • daisy Aug 20, 2012

    I didn't know Tommy personally but I remember he was always very friendly. I am sorry for his family and freinds' loss.

  • Fredrick Bimmell Aug 20, 2012

    Tommy was a great guy and this is a loss for everyone that knew him. You will be missed Tommy