Hero Down: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Sgt. Alvis 'Al' West Dies From Coronavirus
Jefferson Parish, LA – Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) Sergeant Alvis “Al” West died on Friday after contracting COVID-19.
The 68-year-old sergeant was one of five JPSO deputies who had been hospitalized due to the novel coronavirus, WWL reported.
As many as 40 of the department’s deputies have tested positive for COVID-19 so far, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto told the news outlet.
Sgt. West served the JPSO for 32 years, and was assigned to the Fourth District at the time of his tragic passing, WDSU reported.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend,” his family said in a statement on Saturday. “He was a wonderful man who touched the heart of all who met him. Please respect our need for privacy in this difficult time."
Sheriff Lopinto said that the community needs to abide by social distancing and stay-at-home mandates in order to help slow the spread of the deadly pandemic.
“We had 73 deaths in the last two weeks in Jefferson Parish,” he said during a press conference the day before Sgt. West succumbed to his illness. “This can happen very quickly…We’re asking people to stay inside for a reason.”
“Hopefully, this never effects anybody in your family,” the sheriff added. “Hopefully it never effects a person that is close to you. But we have people every single day that are really effected by this.”
“Heed the warnings,” he begged.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Alvis “Al” West, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.