The U.S. Department of the Army is expected to release details this morning about the death of a Bibb County deputy serving with the 48th Brigade in Afghanistan.
The Telegraph has learned Staff Sgt. Alex French of Milledgeville was killed and others in the brigade were hurt while serving overseas.
"It is a sad day and it's a tragic turn of events with somebody over there doing the right thing and serving his country," said Bibb Chief Deputy David Davis.
French has been a Bibb deputy for several years and is one of nearly a dozen sheriff's office workers currently deployed, Davis said.
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When French left Milledgeville in March, the Union Recorder reported he left behind 4-year-old twin girls and a 1-year-old son. He was a corrections officer at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center, Davis said.
On March 9th, French was one of 18 soldiers invited to take part in the NASCAR "Thank a Hero" campaign stop at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.
“I love representing the National Guard,” French said in a Defense Deparment article. “I enjoyed the race and the chance to meet the drivers, but what I value most from this experience is the company of my fellow Soldiers.”
French was a squad leader with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, the article stated.
Lt. Col. Beth Thelan of the Georgia National Guard said the official statement concerning French's death should be released before noon today.
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