Correctional Officer Joe William Heddy, Jr.

Correctional Officer Joe William Heddy, Jr.

Escambia County Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, June 17, 2017

Joe William Heddy, Jr.

Correctional Officer Joe Heddy suffered a fatal heart attack at the Escambia County Road Prison in Cantonment, Florida, after struggling with an inmate at approximately 1:00 pm.

He had responded to a cell in the South Wing dorm after an inmate tied a bedsheet around his own neck and was tightening it in an attempt to commit suicide. He called for assistance and began to struggle with the inmate in an attempt to remove the bedsheet. The inmate continued to resist until officers were able to remove the bedsheet and subdue him.

Officer Heddy then packed up the inmate's belongings before calling for assistance on the radio and collapsing. Other officers initiated CPR but were unable to resuscitate him. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Heddy was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had served with the Escambia County Department of Corrections for eight years after having retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons with 20 years of service. He is survived by his wife, three children, and seven grandchildren.

Bio

  • Age 63
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 2199
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

suicide attempt

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Joe died in the line of duty.

To the Heddy family, fellow correctional officers, and all who call Joe beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Joe gave to his community and the citizens of Florida and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on June 17, 2017

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 3, 2018

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