Veteran Georgia deputy dies from complications from COVID-19

CRISP COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia community is mourning the death of one of its longtime deputies after a battle with COVID-19.

Crisp County Corporal Avery Hillman, a 30-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, died Saturday at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins.

Hillman contracted COVID-19 while on duty assigned to the hospital division.

The sheriff’s office said he started his career in 1990 as a Detention Officer. Five years later, he completed the basic mandate training and became GA POST certified. Corporal Hillman has served in multiple divisions, including Detention, Courts & Civil, Patrol, and Hospital Security. Corporal Hillman also has served his country as a member of the National Guard.

“On behalf of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, I extend my deepest condolences to the loved ones of Corporal Avery Hillman. Corporal Hillman served this community for over 30 years, and we will never forget his sacrifice. I want to thank the entire medical team involved in his care. This tragedy is yet another reminder of the sacrifices men and women in law enforcement make every day. I am indebted to the first responders who continue to put themselves at risk to serve our community,” stated Sheriff Billy Hancock.

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Crisp County is about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

Nearly 8,000 people in Georgia has died from COVID-19. There have been more than 360,000 confirmed cases in the state.

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Posted by Crisp County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, November 1, 2020