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North Myrtle Beach remembers sergeant lost after blood clot surgery

(Source: Heather Swarthout Facebook) (Source: Heather Swarthout Facebook)
(Source: Jennifer Borkowski) (Source: Jennifer Borkowski)
(Source: North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety) (Source: North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety announced Sunday the loss of a great co-worker Sergeant Heather Swarthout.

Swarthout was admitted to the hospital earlier in the week for a medical head emergency and transferred to the Medical University of South Carolina and underwent surgery to remove a blood clot near the brain.

Later on that day Swarthout's family told NMB that Swarthout was out of surgery and the surgeons removed a major clot, however, there were still several small clots in the shallow smaller veins that they were unable to access at that point. Swarthout was put on blood thinners in hopes to remove the minor clots. The family said there was still uncertainties and they just wanted everyone to pray.

Sunday, October 25 Jay Fernandez with North Myrtle Beach posted, "It's with a very heavy heart and with great sadness that I have to let everyone know that Heather has gone to heaven and is with her grandfather that she dearly loved. She passed peacefully in her sleep.

Heather was truly a very special lady that touched everyone with her special huge smile. She has left us way too early as she was without question a shooting star for us that had so much untouched potential.

Please keep praying for her family as they are still struggling. We as a family will stand with Heather's family and help them heal from Heather's tragic death.

As the plans for a viewing/memorial service here and the service and burial service in VA are made in the coming days, I will ensure everyone is noticed.

On behalf of the family, they are very appreciative of the unbelievable outpouring of support and prayers from everyone."

Bryan Floyd posted, "this is the best supervisor I have ever had the pleasure of working for! Heather Dawn you are going to be greatly missed...The flying monkeys will not be the same without you.. Rest easy now Sgt. we have it from here.

Monty Creed posted, "I never saw you without that big smile! You were always so positive and helpful. I remember when everyone was testing for Sgt. and you were so encouraging and offered give study notes to everyone. I was so impressed! In a dark career you were a very bright light. I will miss you, RIP."

Funeral arrangements for Swarthout will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at McMillan-Small Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to: The Nathan M. Swarthout Scholarship Fund in C/O Bank of America. An online guest book is available at See the full obituary here.

Earlier in 2015, Swarthout and her department were in a video called, "Why they wear the badge." To view the story and video click here or below.

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