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Tulsa County Jail Detention Officer Dies: Sheriff

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Tulsa County Sheriff's Office
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Officer John Okafor.

A detention officer at the Tulsa County Jail died Wednesday after suffering a "medical episode" unrelated to COVID-19, according to a Thursday statement from the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

Officer John Okafor had worked for the sheriff's office since 2007, according to the statement.

"Despite the life saving efforts of his coworkers & paramedics , he passed away at the hospital," the statement says. "Please keep his family and coworkers in your prayers."

This death comes two weeks after Tulsa County Sheriff's Office volunteer Joanne Emmons died of complications from the novel coronavirus.

Chris joined Public Radio Tulsa as a news anchor and reporter in April 2020. He’s a graduate of Hunter College and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, both at the City University of New York.
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