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 July 24th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Deputy Tommy Worthington succumbed Monday night to rare autoimmune disease, Sheriff Mascara announces
Surrounded by family members, St. Lucie County Deputy Tommy Worthington passed away Monday night in a Miami hospital after a battle with a rare autoimmune disease, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Deputy Worthington was an exemplary law enforcement officer, and all of us in the Sheriff's Office family feel a deep sense of loss at this time," Sheriff Mascara said. "I have directed our deputies to shroud their badges."

Funeral arrangements are not complete at this time.

Deputy Worthington, 39, joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in 2009. He previously served for five years as a member of the Port St. Lucie Police Department.

He is survived by his wife, Dana.

A July 13 barbecue at the Sheriff's Office to benefit the Worthington family raised nearly $13,000.

In April, Deputy Worthington became ill. Since then, he had been treated at a Miami hospital.

Members of the public can make tax-deductible, charitable donations by sending a check or money order to the St. Lucie County Crime Prevention League and noting on the check or money order that the donation is for Deputy Tommy Worthington. Donations can be mailed to the St. Lucie County Crime Prevention League, c/o St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL  34981-4825.

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