AVONDALE, AZ — The Avondale community is mourning the loss of a corrections officer after he lost his battle against COVID-19. Alvin "Al" Ramirez died June 7. He was 49 years old.
According to his obituary, Ramirez was born in Phoenix and graduated from Maryvale High School in 1988. He received a degree in Administration of Justice from Glendale Community College. After college, he went to work at Perryville Prison in Goodyear, serving more than 11 years before transferring to Avondale Jail where he served another 16 years.
His obituary said "he risked his life, always serving with honor, dignity, and courage. He was a leader, protector, and provider to the whole community. A devoted husband, son, father, brother, and loyal friend who will be truly missed by all who knew him."
The Avondale Police Department posted its condolences on Facebook, saying "he will truly be missed by all."
According to a GoFundMe page created for his family, Ramirez contracted COVID-19 in May. He had been in the ICU on a ventilator fighting for his life.
Ramirez leaves behind his wife Nina, his two sons Josh and Anthony and two grandchildren.
In a statement, his wife said: “I want to thank everyone for the condolences and prayers. The outpouring of love and support is helping me and the family get through this tough time. I loved Al so much and so did his family and friends. Al loved the life he lived. He will be missed but his love will live a lifetime in my heart.”