Dailey was killed in car crash while responding to a burglary.
Julius Dailey, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning, has been described as a “hero” and the “best dad” by the mother of his four-year old daughter.
“Although we were no longer together, we still co-parented very well,” said Shanquise Nachelle Locke to AL.com. “He was truly Karlie’s hero. They had the same personality and she was a comedian just like her father.”
A representative for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department said that the deputy’s funeral would take place at the First United Methodist Church in Monroeville at 1 p.m. this Saturday. A visitation is to take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
Locke’s praise for Dailey as a father adds to the outpouring of support that has been received from across the country after the 29-year-old died in the line of duty while responding to a burglary.
“Please pray for Deputy Dailey’s family, including his young daughter, as well as his community and fellow law enforcement officers,” said Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall in a tweet Tuesday.
Gov. Kay Ivey issued a memo today directing that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Deputy Dailey until sunset on Sunday.
“We offer our deepest thoughts and prayers to his three-year-old daughter and loved ones,” the governor said in the memo.
The official Blue Lives Matter group, based in New York City, tweeted “Rest in peace, Hero,” while the National Law Enforcement’s Memorial Fund in Washington D.C. also tweeted its condolences.
Deputy Dailey, known as “Jay” in the Monroe County community, was killed when he lost control of his patrol vehicle and hit a tree in the early hours of Tuesday morning, making him the fourth law enforcement officer killed on the job in Alabama this year. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
He had only recently rejoined the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office after spending years with the Thomasville Police Department in Clarke County. He had also worked for the Department of Corrections at Atmore, according to publicly available documentation.
It was the first line-of-duty death experienced by the Monroe Sheriff’s office in the history of the department, said Sheriff Tom Boatwright.
“This is a sad day for our department and for the citizens of Monroe County to lose one of our own,” Sheriff Boatwright said. “It’s [taken] a toll on our department. We’re a small department, and we’re all family.” “It’s a sheriff’s worst nightmare,” he added.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has taken control of the investigation into Deputy Dailey’s death, as is standard practice when a law enforcement officer dies. An ALEA traffic accident report dated almost exactly two years before Deputy Dailey’s death showed that he was hit by a civilian while responding to an emergency situation on U.S. Highway 84 in rural Monroe County, just a few miles from where he died.
Locke said that Deputy Dailey will not be forgotten by his four-year-old daughter, whose middle name is Jay, the same as his nickname.
“Not only was he a hero to his daughter but he also had a stepdaughter that he had an amazing bond with as well,” said Locke from her home in Monroe County. “He was the best dad and played a huge roll in everybody’s life he came across.”
”He will forever live through his daughter,” she added.