In Memory of Deputy Sheriff Jack Edward Gwynes
Florida Deputy Dies from COVID19
On February 3, 2021, Deputy Sheriff Jack Edward Gwynes of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office passed away due to complications from contracting COVID19. It has been determined that Gwynes most likely contracted the virus through his work as a deputy. He had recently been assigned to the Nassau County Courthouse to provide security. Gwynes was 61 years old. He had served his community as a law enforcement officer for more than 26 years with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Gwynes was affectionately known by many in the Nassau community as “Grumpy.” He was one of a kind. Gwynes was known to help anyone in need, the first to show up when someone needed a helping hand. He was a friend to everyone and didn’t know a stranger. Gwynes even served on several lengthy mission trips with his church.
Nassau County Sheriff’s Office
According to their website, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is “committed to providing responsive, quality, and cost-effective service to the citizens of Nassau County.
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is an extensive and advanced law enforcement agency. The deputies handle patrols, a K9 unit, a special response team, and a hostage negotiation team. The department oversees the jail complex with inmate education and health services.
The agency also invites the community to help law enforcement with their “Eyes on Crime” program. This is program invites the public to register their home security cameras with the sheriff’s office to help fight crime.
Deputy Sheriff Jack Edward Gwynes is survived by his wife, two children, and six grandchildren. Many law enforcement families are facing uncertain futures as they go into tomorrow without their loved ones. Since the pandemic, the United States has lost hundreds of law enforcement officers as they belong to our first responders. First responders, medical personnel, and essential workers have been more likely to contract the virus due to their occupations.
The NLEOMF or National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial posted the announcement of the loss of Deputy Gwynes on their social media page. “Deputy Sheriff Gwynes contracted COVID19 during the commission of his job duties and succumbed to complications of COVID19 on February 3, 2021.”
Nichelle Cobb, Media Producer for the local ABC News, posted the loss of Deputy Gwynes for her followers and residents. “Rest in Peace. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is mourning Deputy Bailiff Jack Gwynes, who passed away due to COVID19. Please keep the family and friends of Deputy Gwynes in your thoughts.”
WOKV News posted images and notes on a ceremony held by the Nassau Sheriff’s Department. It was held to honor the many lost officers of 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus. “The @nassaucosheriff hosted a memorial service this morning to honor the 264 Law Enforcement Officers who passed away in 2020. The majority of them died due to COVID-19. One of those honored was Deputy Sheriff Jack Gwynes, who passed away in February. He died from COVID-9 complications while serving as a bailiff in the Nassau County Courthouse.”