Miami-Dade corrections officer dies after contracting COVID-19

Miami-Dade Correctional Officer Alexey Aguilar.
Miami-Dade Correctional Officer Alexey Aguilar. (Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation)

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department announced Thursday that they have lost one of their own due to COVID-19.

In a news release, the department confirmed that Correctional Officer Alexey Aguilar passed away on Sunday. He was 42.

Officer Herminio Amil Jr. said in the news release that he remembers Aguilar as “more than just an officer. He was a true brother to me, he was always willing to be there for me either day or night. I can never repay him for all of the awesome things he has done for me and all of his coworkers.

“I hope he knows that I am eternally grateful. Even if you are far away from us, my heart still cherishes you and all the great memories we shared. I love you my brother. I want you to know that I miss you and will never forget you.”

According to the department, Aguilar joined MDCR on Nov. 24, 2014, as a correctional technician and was assigned to the Pre-Trial Detention Center.

He was promoted to correctional officer a year later after graduating from COT 124.

He most recently was assigned to the Mental Health Treatment Center at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

“He was a good man and an even better father,” Officer Diego Cabrera said in a statement. “He came to work proud and offered help to anyone who needed it. In the seven years I knew him, he was always a quality individual and I know he will be missed by all of MDCR.”

Aguilar is survived by his wife, Claudia, and his daughters, Monica, Angelica and Viviana.

“A great family man,” Officer Brandon Bailey said in a statement. “He loved being a father to his three girls and a great husband to his wife. I have had the honor of being his COT-mate and I must say that throughout it all, he was a consistent guy in and out of work. He was a brother to many and will be missed by all.”

A memorial service will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Boyd Panciera Family Funeral Care in Pembroke Pines.

According to MDCR, a total of 1,883 inmates and 857 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently four inmates who are positive, as well as 51 staff members.


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