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Henry County Sheriff’s Office employee Michael Delay died Jan. 10 from COVID-19 complications.

McDONOUGH — The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has lost a second employee to COVID-19.

Telecommunications Operator Michael Delay, 50, died on Sunday at Piedmont Newton Hospital from complications of the disease, HCSO officials announced this week.

Delay leaves behind his wife, Stephanie, and their three children, Leanna, Jordan and Logan.

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Condolences and prayers to his friends and family flooded the social media post.

His daughter, Jordan Delay, thanked well wishers.

“Heaven needed him more than us, but my goodness we will miss him.”

Delay is the second sheriff’s office employee and the third member of law enforcement in Henry County to die from COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

On Jan. 3, HCSO Deputy Nicholas Howell, 36, passed away as was honored in a wreath laying ceremony Friday during which Sheriff Reginald Scandrett described him as a “humble and peaceful man.”

He leaves behind his wife, Jasma, and six children.

Longtime officer Henry County Police Department Sgt. David Crumpler, 60, died on Jan. 7 at Emory Hospital after having been placed in a medically induced coma.

Department officials described him as a “gentleman, a teacher, and a sprinkle-loving, joy-filled servant.”

Crumpler served the community for 24 years holding several titles including criminal investigations, bomb squad and SWAT Team.

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