Ariz. corrections officer dies from COVID-19

Alvin "Al" Ramirez, 49, contracted COVID-19 in May and had been in the ICU on a ventilator

By Sarah Calams

AVONDALE, Ariz. — An Arizona corrections officer died June 7 from COVID-19 complications. reported that Alvin "Al" Ramirez, 49, worked at Perryville Prison for more than 11 years before transferring to Avondale Jail, where he worked for 16 years. 

Alvin "Al" Ramirez. (Photo/Avondale Police Department Facebook)

"He risked his life, always serving with honor, dignity and courage," Ramirez's obituary said. "He was a leader, protector and provider to the whole community. A devoted husband, son, father, brother and loyal friend who will be truly missed by all who knew him."

Ramirez contracted COVID-19 in May and had been in the ICU on a ventilator, according to a GoFundMe page created for his family. The page has raised over $20,000.

Ramirez leaves behind his wife and two sons.

"Al served the City of Avondale and the Avondale Police Department for over 16 years as a detention officer with prior years at the Department of Corrections. He was a great husband, father and friend. He will truly be missed by all," the Avondale Police Department posted on Facebook.

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