PELHAM, Ala. (WHNT/WIAT) — The Pelham Police Department is mourning the loss of Officer Juan Gomez, an 11-year veteran of the department.
Albertville Police said that Officer Juan Gomez passed away Saturday morning due to COVID-19. Gomez began his career with Albertville PD before he moved on to the Pelham Police Department outside of Birmingham.
“We are devastated and heartbroken by the loss of our friend,” said Pelham Police Chief Pat Cheatwood in a written release. “He was an incredible police officer. He had a servant’s heart and would never hesitate to help someone in need. Juan loved this community and served honorably. He may be gone, but we will make sure he is never forgotten.”
Prior to his law enforcement career, Gomez was in the Army for eight years. When serving, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
“Juan was devout in his faith, and I believe he would want us to receive comfort in scripture,” Cheatwood said in a release. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Matthew 5:4”
Gomez was noted as an “outstanding person and officer,” by Albertville Police and they send their condolences to his family.
The Pelham Police Department announced the following arrangements for Gomez’s funeral:
Visitation: August 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Shades Mountain Community Church
Service: August 18, 10 a.m. at Shades Mountain Community Church
Burial: August 18, 2 p.m. at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo
A GoFundMe page has been made to help support the family of Officer Gomez. It can be found here.