CLAY COUNTY – Cars from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Orange Park Police Department and the Orange Park Fire Department arrived at the Staples parking lot with lights flashing on …
CLAY COUNTY – Cars from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Orange Park Police Department and the Orange Park Fire Department arrived at the Staples parking lot with lights flashing on Monday.
Deputies, officers and firefights stood shoulder to shoulder with residents who also lined the sidewalk on Blanding Boulevard. Despite the oppressive heat, each maintained their vigil for nearly 45 minutes until Clay County Fire and Rescue truck No. 22 passed with the body of a fallen sheriff’s office deputy who lost his battle with COVID-19.
Deputy Clint Seagle died last Sunday at Ascension St. Vincent’s in Middleburg after a “long battle’ with the respiratory disease, according to CCSO.
More than 50 other law enforcement, fire and rescue and family members were part of the procession that went from the hospital to Jacksonville Memory Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home in Orange Park.
Ashley Robertson held her hand over her heart Seagle passed. Zach Houch, Donnie Greenway and Jocyln Fultz stood with a black, blue and white American flag that symbolizes support for law enforcement. All three also held their hands over their hearts.
Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble stood at attention when the procession passed Kingsley Avenue.
His department also posted the following statement on social media:
“On behalf of the Orange Park Police Department, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Clint’s family and to his CCSO family. Those of us that knew and interacted with him thought the world of him. Clint was a great guy and an even better Deputy Sheriff.”
CCFR and the Green Cove Springs Police Department also posted statements of remembrance and appreciation.
Seagle was a “devoted member of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office since 2006. He also proudly served his country for 21 years in the United States Navy. Deputy Seagle served the residents of Clay County in Patrol, Traffic, and most recently, the Civil Unit.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and we will remember his service to our county and our country always,” the sheriff’s office said.
The funeral will be on Friday, Sept. 3, at the First Baptist Church of Middleburg at 2645 Blanding Blvd. Viewing will be from 10-30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service. Seagle the will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Jacksonville Memory Gardens.