Hero Down: DCSO Senior Detention Officer Alexander Pettiway Succumbs To COVID-19
Raleigh, NC – Durham County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Senior Detention Officer Alexander Reginald Pettiway died on April 25 after contracting COVID-19.
The 55-year-old detention officer passed away at the Wake Medical Center due to acute hypoxic respiratory failure due to COVID-19, The News & Observer reported.
DCSO Major Cynthia Kornegay described Detention Officer Pettiway as “a unique, gentle soul” who was “loved by us all,” according to WRAL.
“To say he will be missed does not do justice to what any of us are feeling at this moment,” Maj. Kornegay added.
Detention Officer Pettiway served the DCSO for 23 years, according to his obituary.
“Losing a member of our Sheriff’s Office family is never something you are prepared for,” Durham County Sheriff Clarence Birkhead told WRAL. “We will come together to support each other and Senior Officer Pettiway’s family as they deal with this great loss."
Detention Officer Pettiway leaves behind his sister, brother, niece, four nephews, and his aunt, as well as a “host of cousins and friends,” according to his obituary.
He was laid to rest on Friday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Durham County Sheriff’s Office Senior Detention Officer Alexander Reginald Pettiway, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.