A 13-year veteran of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office has died from complications with COVID-19.
Steve Bobbitt, 55, was born Thursday at the Huntsville Hospital.
His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. at Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mountain View Memory Gardens.
Sheriff Nick Welden said the situation is tough. It has hit home once again and it is hurting bad.
Three other members have died during the epidemic, including in October 2020 and COVID.
Bobbitt was referred to by Welden to be a "superhero."
This man was loved, and he was a huge part of our family," he said. He was one of the best, most professional men ever to know. He was in a league of his own that very few men will ever be a part of, thats how much he was. But if he did, it was to help them up.
A preliminary report from the states that 458 local, state, tribal, and federal officers died in the line of duty in 2021, with 301 people dying of COVID-19. The virus claimed 182 officers in 2020
This is the first time in two years in a row in which the virus was the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers.
As did Hanceville police, Assistant Steve Finley, a criminal investigator at the Madison County Sheriff's Office.
Our condolences go out to the DSCO and the family of Deputy Steve Bobbitt. A wonderful man who will truly be missed!! RIP brother, we know you'll be watching over us!!