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Manatee deputy dies from COVID complications

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Aug 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-30 15:58:35-04

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla — Manatee Deputy Douglas Clark has been confirmed dead after nearly two weeks in a hospital fighting COVID-19, He was 67.

The sheriff's office says Deputy Clark joined the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in February of 2008, and served in the Corrections Bureau for 13 years, most recently overseeing inmate work projects in the jail’s Road Gang Unit.

Deputies say Doug was known as a hard worker with a positive attitude.

This is the second death of a law enforcement officer in the Bay area just this week.

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“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Deputy Clark”, said Sheriff Rick Wells. “I ask that you please keep his family, friends, and the entire MCSO family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Deputy Clark will be remembered at a celebration of life service on Thursday, Sept. 2, at Simmons Loop Baptist Church in Riverview.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a line of duty ceremony at 11 a.m.