Hero Down: Louisiana DOC Warden Wilmot 'Sandy' McCain Dies From Coronavirus
Alexandria, LA – Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) Raymond Laborde Correctional Center Warden Wilmot Sandlin “Sandy” McCain died on Monday after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
The 67-year-old warden tested positive for the novel coronavirus nearly one month ago, The Advocate reported.
At the time, he said he was going to self-quarantine and urged inmates at the correctional center to wash their hands and “stay safe,” according to the paper.
Warden McCain passed away at Rapides Regional Medical Center on Monday, according to his obituary.
“Today, Warden Sandy McCain died following a lengthy battle after testing positive for COVID-19,” DOC Secretary James LeBlanc said in a statement to WAFB. “Warden McCain had been with the Department for more than 24 years, serving the last four years as warden of Raymond Laborde Correctional Center. In addition to being a respected leader and a gentleman, he was a dear friend.”
After graduating from Northwestern State University in 1977, Warden McCain spent the next 21 years working in the private sector, according to his obituary.
In 1996, he joined the DOC as the Work Training Facility North administrative director, where he remained until being promoted to the rank of deputy warden at the J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center in 2002.
He was warden at the J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center when it closed in 2012, and was subsequently named assistant warden of the Raymond Laborde Correctional Center.
Warden McCain served as the warden at B.B. Rayburn Correctional Center from 2014 until 2016, when he returned to Raymond Laborde Correctional Center as the facility’s warden.
“Sandy was instantly respected by all who had the fortune to meet him,” his obituary read. “Those who had the opportunity to work closely with him will forever respect his work ethic and commitment to the Department of Corrections.”
Warden McCain leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Diane, as well as his sons, Justin and Jeremy.
He is also survived by his siblings, seven grandchildren, and many friends and extended family members.
Warden McCain was laid to rest on Thursday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Louisiana Department of Corrections Raymond Laborde Correctional Center Warden Wilmot Sandlin “Sandy” McCain, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.