Cantonment jail officer dies after 'health issue' on duty

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Authorities say an Escambia County Corrections Officer officer died Saturday after becoming ill on duty at a Cantonment jail.

Officer Joe William Heddy, 63, was an Escambia County staff member who oversaw inmates temporarily housed at Escambia County Road Prison, according to

An emergency call was placed around 1:13 p.m. Saturday requesting assistance for Heddy, who authorities say was dealing with a non-injury related health issue.

He was taken to West Florida Hospital about 10 minutes later.

“All of us, from the commissioners to our jail staff, were incredibly saddened to learn of Officer Heddy’s passing," said County Administrator Jack Brown. "He was a respected corrections officer, not only his fellow officers, but also the inmates in his care. Officer Heddy was known as being a dedicated professional - strong, yet kind. He will be greatly missed and our hearts go out to his family.”

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office (ECSO) is investigating the incident as part of a standard protocol.

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