Corrections officer dies en route to work after winter weather crash

The crippling winter storm of 2014 hit alot closer to home Thursday as the Alabama Department of Corrections lost oneof our own.

{}"Our hearts are very heavy. {}Welost a veteran correctional officer but more importantly- a caring husband andfather," said Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas. "Officer Desi Patterson lefthis home in hazardous conditions to protect and serve our State.{}His senseof duty is indicative of all DOC employees, and it greatly saddens me to seesuch professionalism rewarded with loss."

Officer Desi Arnez Patterson died in routeto work from Montgomery to the Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent,Alabama.{} The accident occurred on Hwy 82 W in Chilton County. {}

Officer Patterson began his career withthe Department of Corrections{}on August 1, 1998. {}He leaves behindhis wife, Shanetha, and sons, Quinton and Jalen.{}{}He was 43years old{}