Senior Detention Officer Alexander Reginald Pettiway

Senior Detention Officer Alexander Reginald Pettiway

Durham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, April 24, 2020

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Alexander Reginald Pettiway

Senior Detention Officer Alexander Pettiway died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak at the Durham County Detention Center.

Officer Pettiway had served with the Durham County Sheriff's Office for 23 years. He is survived by his brother and sister.

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, April 13, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Sr. Officer Alexander Pettiway became a part of our family July 31, 1996. He served the Durham County Office of the Sheriff and the citizens of Durham County for 23 dedicated years. To say he will be missed does not do justice to what any of us are feeling at this moment.

To his B Squad brothers and sisters, we share in your grief. Pettiway was a unique, gentle soul and loved by us all, but we know you served with him each and every shift. We all grieve with you and for you.

We ask that you all please keep his family, given and chosen, in your prayers as they and we go through this difficult transition. May God continue to show His mercy and grace over this agency and over each of us that continue to serve with Honor, Duty and Service. TOGETHER we will get through this.

Sr. Detention Officer Alexander Pettiway #262, you have served us proud Sir. You are relieved of your earthly duties. Heaven has gained a new angel, as have we. Rest in peace brother.

Captain Alicia S. McKinney
Durham County Sheriff's Office
Durham, North Carolina

February 9, 2021

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