PELHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – The Albertville Police Department (APD) announced the loss of a former police officer due to COVID-19 on Saturday morning.
Albertville Police said that Officer Juan Gomez passed away Saturday morning due to COVID-19 after being hospitalized with the virus on August 6.
Gomez began his career with APD before he moved on to the Pelham Police Department outside of Birmingham.
Secretary Hal Taylor of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) released the following statement regarding Gomez’s passing:
On behalf of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Pelham Police Officer Juan Gomez.
We join the rest of the law enforcement community in mourning the loss of this true professional and devoted public servant. A dedicated law enforcement veteran, Officer Gomez’s courage, sacrifice and devotion to his local community as well as to the entire State of Alabama is apparent by the overwhelming care and support already displayed by those he so faithfully served.
In addition to sharing our sincerest condolences, we pledge the continued support and willingness to make available any ALEA resources needed by both the Pelham Police Department as well as the surrounding community as they grieve and cope with this unfortunate situation.ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor