Clay County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Eric Twisdale dies of COVID-19

Agency said his death was duty-related

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Clay County Sheriff’s Office sergeant died in the line of duty Wednesday night of COVID-19, the agency reported.

Eric Twisdale, a supervisor of the Crime Scene Unit, died of the deadly virus, CCSO said.

Tisdale, joined the sheriff’s office in 2004. He earned the agency’s Lifesaving Award in 2014 after saving somebody from drowning. A year later, he was recognized by CCSO as the Deputy of the Year after showing “exceptional valor” of catching two murder suspects.

Twisdale received CCSO’s Medal of Valor after her caught 15-year-old murder suspect Sergio Morgan-Wideman, who was wanted for a St. Augustine murder. Wideeman was caught at and arrested by Tisdale at Governors Creek Bridge in Green Cove Springs following a police chase.

At the time, Sheriff Rick Beseler said: “Without thought to his own safety, Sgt. Twisdale approached the suspects’ vehicle followed by several other officers. In a fast-paced highly stressful life-or-death situation, Sgt. Twisdale’s calm demeanor and extreme courage stopped two dangerous individuals before they could harm anyone else.”

Sgt. Twisdale also served honorably as a team leader on the Dive Team, Honor Guard and Crisis Negotiation Team for CCSO.

This story is evolving and will be updated.

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