Sergeant Jeffrey W. Garrett
Dothan Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch: Monday, October 27, 2014
Tour of Duty: 22 years
Badge Number: 364
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: October 27, 2014
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Gregory J. Benton
Dothan Police Department
210 N. Saint Andrews Street
Dothan, AL 36303
Phone: (334) 615-3000
Sergeant Jeffrey Garrett suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a 2-mile training run with other officers in Westgate Recreational Park shortly after 8:00 am.
They had just completed the run and were talking when Sergeant Garrett suddenly collapsed. The other officers immediately began CPR until medics arrived. He was transported to Flowers Hospital where he passed away.
Sergeant Garrett was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Dothan Police Department for 22 years and was assigned as the training supervisor. He is survived by his wife, three children, and two stepchildren.
A veteran Dothan police officer died Monday morning after collapsing during a run on the Westgate Park trail.
Dothan Police Maj. Steve Parrish confirmed Sgt. Jeffrey W. Garrett was taken to Flowers Hospital after experiencing pain in his side and collapsing during a run on the trail at Westgate Park.
“He was on duty and he’s our training supervisor and he was doing some PT this morning,” Parrish said.
Parrish said local rescue took Garrett to Flowers Hospital. He said Garrett and a couple of other officers were running the 3.3 mile trail between 8:30 and 9 a.m. at Westgate Park when he experienced the pain in his side.
“He’d most recently take an assignment as the training supervisor and was getting himself in shape. He’s one of those guys that did an excellent job wherever went,” Parrish said. “He’s going to be sorely missed by everybody here. He’s one of those guys that you probably never could replace.”
Parrish said Garrett had over 20 years of service with the Dothan Police Department. He said Garrett served with the department a period of time, left and came back to the department in 1998. He served around five years with the department prior to 1998.
Parrish also said before Garrett’s recent assignment as the training supervisor he’d served in patrol, and several other areas of policing such as criminal investigations and narcotics.
“Sgt. Garrett was well loved by all members of the Dothan Police Department and will be sorely missed,” Parrish said. “Many officers (on and off duty) went to the hospital in support of Jeff and his family. Many tears were present and we’ll go through this process of mourning alongside his family and friends. We lost a good man today and a terrific community servant.”