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Lee County court security officer dies after battle with COVID

Freddie Rowell, 77, was known for his infectious smile.
Freddie Rowell, 77, was known for his infectious smile.(Source: Lee Co. Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 3:26 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2021 at 11:47 PM CDT
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LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - A Lee County court security officer with the Lee Co. Sheriff’s Office died on Tuesday morning from COVID.

77-year-old Freddie Rowell started at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2010, retiring in August of 2020.

According to Lee Co. Sheriff Jay Jones, Rowell was a reserve deputy before going full time as a court security officer.

Rowell was in the hospital battling COVID for weeks.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on social media Tuesday afternoon:

If you ever met Deputy Freddie Rowell, your first impression would most likely have been that he was a nice guy. You...

Posted by Lee County Sheriff's Office Alabama on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Rowell leaves behind a wife.

Sheriff Jones says Freddie was a great man who was always smiling.

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