In Memory of Narcotics Agent Robert Daye Daffin, Jr.
Mississippi residents were saddened to hear that the state had lost a promising narcotics agent. On Thursday, August 12, 2021, Narcotics Agent Robert Daye Daffin, Jr., badge number Metro 2, died due to complications of contracting the virus on the job. His death is considered a line-of-duty death. Agent Daffin was 37 years old.
COVID19 has ravaged the world. Millions of lives have been lost. In the US, hundreds of thousands have died. COVID19 has quickly taken the number one spot as the cause of line of duty deaths among law enforcement. Hundreds of officers across the country have been killed due to this deadly pandemic.
Active-duty officers who contract the virus and die have been federally legislated to be determined as a line of duty deaths. This act was put into place to help keep officers on the job at the start of the pandemic. These heroes battled an invisible virus in a career that requires a great deal of public contact and an inability to distance themselves socially. The legislation makes sure that families of the fallen officers can have the support they need in their immediate future.
Born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Agent Daffin had served his community as a law enforcement officer with the George County Sheriff’s Office for more than 14 years. He loved his work and was proud to be the narcotics officer with the department. He loved hunting and fishing in his spare time, but most of all, he was devoted to his daughter, Bentley.
George County Sheriff’s Office, Mississippi
Located in the southern region of Mississippi, George County was founded in 1910. The George County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency for the county. Primarily the department serves unincorporated areas and small communities that do not yet have their force.
The sheriff’s department is responsible for patrols, investigations, courtroom security, tax collection, and peace maintenance. Deputies also deliver civil service notices for the court. In addition, corrections officers work in the George County Jail, which the department is responsible for maintaining and operating.
Agent Daffin was part of the narcotics division. Over his fourteen years of service, Daffin held various positions within the department and had been given several commendations.
Narcotics Agent Robert “Bobby” Daye Daffin leaves behind his daughter, parents, and three siblings. The Daffin family will need the support of those around them to assist them during this tragedy. The department and honor guards will help the Daffin family make appropriate arrangements with honors and the community’s gratitude for their sacrifice.
Chief Deputy Ronnie Castille shared his thoughts on the loss of Bobby, who was also his friend. “I can say it was an honor to have Bobby as an employee of the George County Sheriff Office; Bobby served the citizens of George County proudly and was a very dedicated officer. I’m proud to have known and had him as a friend. May God Bless his family and give them peace.”
ATF Headquarters used Twitter to post their condolences for the department and the Daffin family. “Our condolences go out to the George County Sheriff’s Office and the family and friends of Narcotics Agent Robert Daffin, who died from complications after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.”
Doug and Nina Stallings shared the sorrow they felt with the Daffin family. “The world has lost a wonderful person, but Heaven has gained a very special angel. May the family find comfort from the love of Jesus, family, and friends. We love you, Lisa, and are praying for you, Bentley, and the rest of the family.”