David Morgan, Sheriff of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department in Florida, sadly reports the death of Corrections Officer Joe Heddy Jr.

Officer Heddy, 63, suffered a cardiac medical emergency after struggling with an inmate. Heddy responded to a call where the inmate had used his bed sheet as a strangulation instrument in his attempt to commit suicide. Heddy struggled with the inmate in an attempt to remove the bed sheet from around his neck. The inmate resisted officers until they were able to overpower him and remove the bed sheet.

Heddy packed up the inmate’s belongings as he was being moved to a suicide watch cell. While he was packing the inmates belongings, he called for assistance and collapsed. Other corrections officers came to his aid and performed CPR, but were not successful in reviving him.

Advanced medical care was summoned and he was transported to West Florida Hospital where additional life saving measures were attempted. However, they were unsuccessful and Heddy passed away at the hospital.

Heddy served the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department in the Corrections Division for eight years. He had previously retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons after serving for twenty years. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Joe Heddy is survived by his wife, three children and seven grandchildren.

Officer Joe Heddy Jr. is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Saturday, June 17, 2017.

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