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Slain Alabama officer used to work in Douglas County

Posted: 4:04 PM, Jan 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-16 22:05:41Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Sergeant Wytasha Carter, a police officer who died in the line of duty on Jan. 13, was a former corrections officer at the Douglas County Department of Corrections from August of 1998 until October of 2000.

“Anytime we lose a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, it’s devastating for our country, but the death of Sgt. Wytasha Carter hits especially hard for us because he was a part of our county family,” said Commissioner Chris Rodgers in a release. “We send our deepest condolences to his wife, children, family and to the entire Birmingham Police Department. Sgt. Carter will be greatly missed.”

Harvey Burtley, who worked in Douglas County for 23 years, also remembered Carter fondly.

“He stood out as a leader,” Burtley said. “He always said corrections was going to be a stepping stone for him to get to the next level. He took pride in his job. His uniform was always pressed and his shoes were always shined.”