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‘Deeply saddened': Fla. county jail deputy loses battle with COVID

Douglas Clark is remembered as being a hard worker who tried to positively influence inmates and others

Deputy Douglas Clark

Douglas Clark had served as a correctional deputy since joining the department in 2008.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office

By Mark Young
The Bradenton Herald

MANATEE, Fla. — Manatee County Deputy Douglas Clark, 67, lost a two-week battle with COVID-19 and has died, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Clark, who joined sheriff’s department in February 2008, serving as a correctional deputy, spent two weeks in the hospital before succumbing to a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

Clark oversaw inmate work projects for the Manatee County Jail’s road gang unit and is remembered as being a hard worker who tried to influence inmates and others with his ever-present positive attitude, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Deputy Clark,” Sheriff Rick Wells said. “I ask that you please keep his family, friends and the entire MCSO family in your thoughts and prayers.”

A Line of Duty funeral service with full law enforcement honors was held Thursday morning.

In the past year, about half a dozen retired or active-duty sheriff’s deputies or other law enforcement personnel have died in South Florida and across the South due to complication from COVID, according to news reports.

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