Atlanta, GA – Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) Senior Officer Specialist Andrew “Doug” Douglas died in the line of duty on Nov. 6, after he suffered a medical emergency while transporting inmates to a facility in Atlanta.
Officer Douglas, 51, was assigned to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Tallahassee, Florida, according to his obituary.
He was surrounded by his FBP and FCI colleagues in his final moments.
“Regrettably, his watch ended on November 6, 2019, as he suffered a sudden cardiac event while doing what he loved and was so passionate about, driving the agency transportation bus,” according to a fundraising page established to help his family.
Officer Douglas enlisted in the United States Army in 1986, shortly after he graduated from high school, his obituary read.
He specialized as a light-wheel mechanic, and was deployed to the Persian Gulf and South Korea during his years of military service.
“Andrew’s decorated honors include the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Army Lapel Button, Army Good Conduct Media [1st Award], Overseas Service Ribbon , Sharpshooter Badge [Rifle], Marksman Badge [Grenade], Kuwait Liberation Metal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and W/2-Bronze Service Stars,” according to his obituary.
Officer Douglas joined the FBP FCI in June of 1994, and continued to climb the ranks during his 25 years of service.
He was also named as Officer in Charge of the regional Bus Operations division, and received a multitude of awards and commendations during his career.
“Officer Douglas’ passion for correctional services and bus operations led to a [pastime] hobby of handcrafting replica-model BOP buses, which he often gifted to retirees and other agency employees,” according to the fundraising page. “He was well-liked by his peers and exemplified the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, respect and correctional excellence.”
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1570 President Ray Coleman Jr. said that Officer Douglas was a valued member of his law enforcement family.
“Today, we lost a part of that family,” Coleman wrote in a Facebook post. “Those of us who had the pleasure of interacting with ‘Doug’ know that never did he have a bad day. Not a moment went by that he didn’t smile, crack a joke or have something positive to say.”
The union president said he spent four years working with Officer Douglas, and that he considered him to be his brother.
“We lost one of our own. It hurts,” Coleman said. “However, we know that Doug is smiling down on us…We will miss you Andrew Douglas.”
Officer Douglas leaves behind his sons, Jamal and Rashad, and his mother, Rose, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his sister, niece, nephews, cousins, and many friends and extended family members.
“Andrew’s powerful presence, joyful spirit, giving nature and humble demeanor will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and beyond,” his obituary read.
Officer Douglas will be laid to rest on Friday, according to the fundraising page.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Federal Bureau of Prisons Senior Officer Specialist Andrew “Doug” Douglas, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.