DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputy has died after contracting COVID-19, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.
Deputy Mickey Jay Bowen, 49, died Tuesday at UAB Hospital. Chief Deputy Brad Gregg confirmed Bowen died of complications from COVID-19.
Bowen was with the sheriff’s office for 21 years, Gregg said. According to Gregg, one employee of the sheriff’s office is currently out because of testing positive for coronavirus.
Bowen’s funeral is scheduled to take place Friday at Crossville Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m., with the funeral taking place immediately after.
Bowen leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
“Dealing with the pandemic these last few months has made our jobs more difficult, but losing such a beloved member of our team really hits hard, ” said DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden. Mickey always had a way of making us laugh and brightening our day. He was always there for his co-workers and was just a great human being to be around. To us, it’s like losing a close family member,” he said. “We’d like to ask the public to keep us and Mickey’s family in their prayers. God Bless!”