The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of their own. A deputy responding to a 911 call was killed when his cruiser left the road and struck a tree Monday night, June 10, 2019. The department and much of the town is taking it hard.
“It is a sad day for our department. We’ve lost actually the first death in the department that we’ve had on duty,” said Monroe County Sheriff, Tom Boatwright.
It was just before midnight when 29-year-old Julius “Jay” Dailey was responding to a call for a burglary in progress. He was just about a mile outside of Monroeville on Highway 41 when he crashed into a tree. His vehicle was heavily damaged.
“It appeared that he lost control, veered off the roadway, overcorrected and looks like the vehicle may have flipped a couple of times and hit a tree,” Boatwright explained.
Deputy Dailey died at Monroe County Hospital. Dailey, who everybody knew as “Jay” had only been back with the Sheriff’s Office for four months. He had previously been with the department for two years before taking a job as a Thomasville Police Officer. Dailey also spent some time working as a corrections officer. He was a committed law enforcement officer and a native of Monroe County.
“He was a good law enforcement officer. He always had a smile on his face and he was always ready to talk to someone,” Boatwright said. “He was real personable person and he liked to talk. He liked to joke and carry on with his coworkers so he’s going to be missed.”
Many of Dailey’s fellow deputies and other law enforcement officers escorted his body from the Department of Forensic Science in Mobile back to Monroeville on Tuesday to be laid to rest. Deputy Dailey’s family members said they will remember him fondly.
“He a nice guy. He come to our house every day and he made me feel happy,” recalled Dailey’s 12-year-old cousin, Kimora Coscon.
“He was special…real sweet with his smile,” added Kimora’s mother. “He kept his smile on his face and we’re going to all miss him.”
Deputy Jay Dailey leaves many family members behind here in Monroe County, including a three-year-old daughter. Funeral arrangements haven’t been announced yet, but the services will be held at Banks Memorial Funeral Home on Highway 84.