Dave Blann had served Jefferson County since 1995; emergency service providers accompany body.

JENNIFFER GRANT/MADRAS PIONEER - A 50-vehicle procession of law enforcement and emergency service vehicles escorted Senior Deputy Dave Blann's body from Camp Sherman to the Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home Feb. 15. Jefferson County Senior Deputy Dave Blann, of Camp Sherman, died in his sleep Feb. 15.

At about 5 a.m. Friday, medics from the Sisters Camp Sherman Fire Department were summoned to Blann's home. Medics were informed that Blann was unresponsive and CPR was in progress. Upon arrival, medics continued advanced medical care but ultimately Blann, 60, was pronounced dead.

According to a Marc Heckathorn, Jefferson County undersheriff, multiple deputies from this office along with members from the Oregon State Police, Black Butte Ranch Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Forest Service and Central Oregon Police Chaplaincy all responded to his residence.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police investigated his death in coordination with the District Attorney and Medical Examiner. Blann is believed to have died from natural causes.

An impromptu procession of emergency service providers escorted Blann's body from his home to Bel-Air Colonial Funeral home in Madras. More than 50 vehicles were in the procession that went from Camp Sherman to Madras.

"We would like to thank members of the Oregon State Police, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and both Redmond and Madras PD for closing all side streets allowing our procession to safely make our way across two counties," said Heckathorn.

Blann began his law enforcement career as a reserve with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in November 1995. He was hired full time in April 1997 as the Camp Sherman Resident Deputy. Since 1997, Blann has been the face of Jefferson County and the Sheriff's Office in the greater Camp Sherman area.

"Senior Deputy Blann not only patrolled 'The Basin' as a Deputy Sheriff but coordinated our Search and Rescue Team and plowed the roads in Camp Sherman in the winter. Senior Deputy Blann is irreplaceable in the community and our office is devastated with his sudden and unexpected passing," said Heckathorn.

Dedicated to representing the Sheriff's Office in a dignified and professional manner, Blann was known for his love of the outdoors, humor, and compassion for people. Hanging on the wall in Senior Deputy Blann's home was a picture of him and a phrase that sums up who he was. It read;

Blann's runles to live by: 1. Have fun; 2. Make someone smile; 3. See Rule 1.

"Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff Office are in mourning and we miss our co-worker, friend, and brother," said Heckathorn.

Funeral arrangements have not been made and will be determined at a later time.

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