UPDATE (9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11): The Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Facebook that Deputy Lawson passed away due to a motorcycle accident. Below is their statement:

Today we are devastated with the loss of “One of Nicholas Counties Finest”.

Travis Lawson passed away while off-duty due to a motorcycle accident. Deputy Lawson wanted nothing more than to be a deputy sheriff and showed it during the numerous set backs that most would have simply said I quit. Countless times he said I will make it, I’m good and he did so showing what true heart was. Deputy Lawson was a staple of what honesty, integrity, courage and the love for his Country means.

Deputy Lawson attended the West Virginia State Police Academy during the past year graduating April 1st 2022. Deputy Lawson not only achieved his goal of becoming a certified deputy, he was awarded the Preserverance Award at graduation.

Travis was also a Volunteer Fireman with Nettie Fire Department. We thank him for his service to Nicholas County, he will be greatly missed.

We ask for prayers for comfort in the coming days for his wife, family, coworkers and friends.

We will Take it from Here Brother! RIP

Nicholas County Sheriff’ Department

NICHOLAS COUNTY, WV (WOWK)—The Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department lost one of its own on Tuesday.

According to Nicholas County Commissioner Garrett Cole, Deputy Travis Lawson was killed during an off-duty accident.

The Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department congratulated Deputy Lawson on his graduation from the West Virginia State Police Academy on April 1.

Commissioner Cole said the following in a Facebook post:

Our hearts break for the Nicholas County Sheriff Department and the family of our Deputy Travis Lawson. Deputy Lawson defied all odds after a series of medical issues and made it through the WV State Police Academy to become a Certified Officer for the NCSD. Deputy Lawson graduated recently, after being awarded the Perserverance Award and accomplished his goal to become a public servant. We lost Travis today in an off-duty accident. We will remember you, your dedication to Nicholas County for generations to come. Godspeed, Travis.

Nicholas County Commissioner Garrett Cole on Facebook

The Summersville Police Department posted their condolences on Facebook:

The Summersville Police Department is sending love and prayers to the Lawson family and the Nicholas County Sheriffs Department. Rest easy Deputy Lawson, and I will leave you with this, it wasn’t long ago you graduated the WV State Police Academy and earned the Perseverance Award, you overcame and pushed forward no matter what life threw at you. You accomplished and became what you wanted to be and we will all remember you for that and be grateful for the time we had with you brother.

Post from the Summersville Police Department on Facebook