The trooper’s mother, Linda Mason, identified him as Gerald Mason.
“My son always wanted to be a state trooper, ever since he was 2 years old. That was his dream. Eat, sleep, think about it all the time. Everybody loved him. Everybody loved my son. I can’t believe he’s gone,” she said.
Three Miami-Dade corrections officers and two inmates have died of complications of COVID-19 in recent days, a reminder of the virus’ lethal impact even as the overall numbers wane in the jails and across South Florida.
Since last week, the deadly viral disease killed officers Calyne St. Val, 40, and Sylvia Allen, 50, and Corporal Terrell Jordan. The 46-year-old Jordan died in late September after spending a month in the hospital, and just days shy of his wedding anniversary, his wife said. A jail officer of nearly two decades, Jordan had been studying to take the exam for a promotion to sergeant.