The DOC staff Florida’s Santa Rosa Correctional Institution is mourning one of their own. Officer Brandon Earl Dubose, 25, was killed in a single vehicle crash in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, October 6.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Dubose has been traveling east on Interstate 10, at mile marker 20, when his Volkswagen left the roadway, struck two pine trees, and overturned. Dubose, who had not been wearing his seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, struck the pavement, and was killed instantly.

A cloud of grief has hovered over the facility since everyone learned the news of their fallen brother. An internal memorial service was held at the chapel Monday morning. Dubose was well loved by his peers and highly respected by the inmate population. He is remembered as a very funny person who always smiling, and who always had an encouraging word for everyone. His untimely death is devastating to all who knew him.

“Brandon brought a smile to my face every time I saw him,” said one of Dubose’s friends. “It didn’t matter how sad, tired, or upset I was. I will miss him every day until we meet again.”

“Brandon could make you laugh, even when you wanted to cry or scream,” said one of his co-workers. “He was the funniest, happiest guy I knew. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. I’m just glad that I had a chance to know such a great man.”

The medical staff at Santa Rosa wrote on NorthEscambia.com: “What a huge loss for the DOC family. He was an amazing officer and he will be missed beyond words.”

Dubose was well known and loved by everyone in the small community of Cantonment, FL. Everyone remembered him as a “really good kid” in school, and as a man of honor and integrity.

“Brandon’s presence lit up the room,” one of his neighbors said. “He was an awesome son, brother, and uncle. He would have been a fantastic father.”

Dubose is survived by his parents, David and Janet Dubose, his brother and sister, and his fiancée, who was expecting their first child. He was ecstatic about becoming a father and starting his own family.

Dubose was buried Friday, October 11, with full honors. Officer Brandon Earl Dubose: Gone, but never forgotten.

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