Sheriff Jimmy Harris of the DeKalb County Sheriff Office in Alabama has reported that Deputy Sheriff Allen L. Kay,60, died following a medical emergency while on duty.

Deputy Kay was working a security detail at the Talladega Motor Speedway Friday night.  He encountered two individuals who in possession of handguns illegally.  Deputy Kay arrested the two suspects and transported them to the county jail. 

During his contact with the suspects, Kay suffered what is commonly known as a “silent heart attack”.  Following Deputy Kay’s midnight shift, he went back to his motorhome on the Speedway grounds and went to bed not knowing the severity of his medical condition.  Sadly, Deputy Kay passed away in his sleep.  He was found Saturday afternoon when he failed to report for a security briefing.  An autopsy revealed the details of the medical emergency.

Deputy Kay served the DeKalb County Sheriff Office for eight years and served as the agency’s primary care medical officer in the jail. He was affectionately known as, “Nurse Kay”. 

Deputy Kay is survived by his wife, two daughters and four grandchildren.

Deputy Allen Kay, gone, but never forgotten.  EOW: Saturday, October 19, 2013

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