Community Strong: Update on LCSO Deputy Motes

January 29, 2024

Deputy Christopher Motes, a dedicated member of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, recently underwent brain surgery on January 26th. The procedure was successful, and doctors were able to remove the tumor. Motes is currently doing as well as can be expected.

But there is much more to the battle that Motes faces. He is also facing kidney cancer that had spread to one lung and his brain. The urgency of the situation became apparent on January 19th when Chris experienced a seizure, prompting an MRI that revealed the presence of a tumor on his brain.

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office extends its gratitude to the community for the overwhelming support during this challenging time. A FundTheFirst fundraiser, initiated to help alleviate the financial burden on Deputy Motes and his family, has $5,100 (at the time this article was published). Other donations have been brought to the Sheriff’s Office since the start of the online fundraiser. Special thanks to the Deputy Roger Rice Ride-On Fund for their assistance. This outpouring of generosity reflects the compassion within the community.

Deputy Motes faces an extended period of recovery, during which he will be unable to return to work. His wife, Tabitha, who works at the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control, will also be on leave to care for him. The associated medical bills and expenses for follow-up appointments continue to necessitate financial assistance.

Contributions to support Deputy Motes and his family can be made through the FundTheFirst fundraiser by clicking HERE. Additionally, donations are welcome via Venmo to @LaurensCountySheriff with “Motes” specified in the memo. Monetary contributions are also accepted at the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours, with a request to designate the donation for “Motes.”

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office expresses gratitude for the continued support and asks the community to continue to keep Deputy Motes and his family in their thoughts and prayers during his ongoing recovery.