Montgomery, AL – Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy Julius “Jay” Dailey died in the line of duty on Tuesday morning as he was responding to a report of a burglary-in-progress.
Deputy Dailey, 29, was approximately one mile north of Montgomery on Highway 41 at 11:58 p.m. on Monday when he lost control of his patrol vehicle, Monroe County Sheriff Tom Boatwright told WKRG.
The patrol car then “veered off the roadway and overturned and hit a tree,” Sheriff Boatwright explained.
Deputy Dailey was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, WALA reported.
The sheriff said he does not know if Deputy Dailey was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, and was unable to provide additional information about the burglary that prompted the deputy’s response.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is handling the ongoing investigation into the collision.
“This is a sad day for our department and for the citizens of Monroe County to lose one of our own,” Sheriff Boatwright said. “It’s [taken] a toll on our department. We’re a small department, and we’re all family...It’s a sheriff’s worst nightmare.”
The fatal crash was the first line-of-duty death in the history of the department.
Deputy Dailey joined the MCSO approximately four months ago, but had previously served as an officer with the Thomasville Police Department.
He also spent time working for the Department of Corrections, according to WALA.
He was a person who “always had a smile on his face,” and had the ability to “light up the room” with his jokes, the sheriff said.
“He was really personal with the people he’d come in contact with,” Sheriff Boatwright noted. “He just had a way of…talking with people.”
He said that supporting the fallen deputy’s family is the MCSO’s top priority now, and that the department has received “overwhelming support from the community.”
Deputy Dailey leaves behind a three-year-old daughter, according to Sheriff Boatwright.
“Please keep Jay's young daughter, his family, his friends, our communities, and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time,” the department said in a Facebook post.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Julius “Jay” Dailey, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.