In Memory of Sergeant Bobby Williams
Georgia officials were saddened to announce the loss of another law enforcement officer. Unfortunately, Georgia has lost many officers due to the current COVID19 pandemic, and each loss is felt deeply throughout the community. Georgia has lost 39 officers in 2021; 31 of these officers have died due to the virus.
On Monday, September 13, 2021, Sergeant Bobby Williams, age 56, died due to complications from contracting COVID19. He served in corrections at the Muscogee County Jail in Columbus, Georgia.
Some occupations were found to have an increased risk of contracting the virus. First responders, law enforcement, and hospital workers were included in these high-risk groups. Law enforcement does not always allow for masks, social distancing. Officers come into close and personal contact with the public often throughout their shift.
Federal mandates were put into place to help protect US citizens and the families of officers who have contracted the virus and died due to their work as officers. Keeping a solid law enforcement force is a necessary part of our society. While others quarantined, law enforcement was still essential to keep the peace. In addition, these officers’ families are protected from severe financial loss due to regulations that declare these losses to be considered line of duty deaths.
Sergeant Williams had spent over 28 years as a law enforcement officer. He served residents as a proud member of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia.
Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
Williams served his entire career with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office. The MCSO is a progressive accredited law enforcement agency working on forwarding positive community relations. The agency offers patrols, provides courtroom security, delivers civil service, and manages the daily operations of the Muscogee County Jail.
The sheriff’s office has a progressive approach with enforcement using open communication with residents. Their website is geared to educate and allow residents to find the help they need. For example, a current part of their site addresses the growing problem of human trafficking. It explains what it is and gives information to residents on how to seek help.
Sergeant Bobby Williams leaves behind a son. He also has extended family, friends, and coworkers who will mourn his loss for some time. In addition, full honors for officers killed in the line of duty are often provided by the department’s volunteer Honor Guard or a neighboring agency. These volunteer services provided by officers to the families of those who pass can significantly reduce the burden of making arrangements for their loved ones.
The Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office posted the announcement on Facebook. “It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the loss of Sergeant Bobby Williams of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office after a battle with COVID-19. Sergeant Williams was a 30-year employee with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office. He was a hard-working and dedicated member of our team, as well as a vibrant valued member of our family. We ask that you keep his family, friends, and coworkers in your prayers during this difficult time. Rest easy, Sergeant Williams. We will hold the line from here.”
Retired Cpl. Gary Hughes shared his condolences. “Rest in peace, Sgt. Williams. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office.”