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Volleyball game benefiting the Special Olympics played in honor of fallen deputy

Volleyball game benefiting the Special Olympics played in honor of fallen deputy (WKEF/WRGT)

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A Clark County Sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty was honored and remembered Friday night.

Crowds turned out to Tecumseh High School to keep Suzanne Hopper's memory alive. She died on New Year's Day in 2011 while investigating a call out for a dispute at Enon Beach Trailer Park. The suspect, Michael Ferryman, was killed in a shootout with police.

The volleyball game draws people from the sheriff's office and the community. Hopper founded it in 2008 for her daughter, who has special needs, and all the benefits from the night go to the Special Olympics.

"We like to say it wasn't how she died, it was how she lived," Deputy Wendy Donovan said. "And this is who Suzanne was, this was a big part of her. She was always giving. She loved to give to charity."

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act into law, which requires Ohio courts to report certain mental health information for inclusion in a law enforcement database.

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