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Gwinnett Sheriff's captain passes away
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Gwinnett Sheriff's captain passes away

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Laura Lynne Hicks, a 25-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, passed away Tuesday.

Hicks had been battling cancer, the sheriff's office said. She was 48.

"Captain Laura Hicks was a true professional law enforcement officer who made a difference to her department, community and friends. 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," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Walker said in a statement.

Hicks was hired as a deputy sheriff in May 1987 and served in virtually every division of the department as she climbed the ranks. She also graduated first in her class from the Northeast Georgia Regional Police Academy. Sheriff Conway made Hicks a captain in 2005.

In addition to graduating from the 220th Session of the FBI National Academy and the 28th class of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, Hicks earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a master's degree from Columbus State University.

Flags are flying at half-staff at the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office this week in Hicks' honor.

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