Sussex Sheriff Office deputy found dead as department mourns loss of late Sheriff Bell

By: Michael Campbell, News Editor

SUSSEX – The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office is reeling following the death of a deputy just one day after late Sussex Sheriff Raymond Bell was memorialized during a homegoing service at the county high school following his death over a week ago.

According to Capt. Ernest Giles with the Sussex Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Corey Fox died Sunday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 24. No other details were provided by authorities.

Fox joined the department in 2014 and worked as a corrections deputy maintaining the Sussex County Jail. Additionally, along with his service to the department, Fox also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Courthouse Volunteer Fire Department, Company 5 in the county.

“Fox will be missed,” Giles shared. “He was a hard worker and he was truly dedicated to his department.”

The death of the deputy comes as the Sussex Sheriff’s Office is mourning the sudden death of Sheriff Raymond Bell, who was found dead inside his Kientz Road home on June 3 at the age of 55. The longtime sheriff was remembered at Sussex Central High School last Saturday afternoon during a funeral service before being buried at his family’s cemetery in Emporia.

As the men and women of the Sussex Sheriff’s Office continue to go about their duties to protect and serve the community of Sussex, Giles said grief counselors have been brought in from nearby Colonial Heights to help speak with deputies and others who may be struggling to deal with the sudden loss of two of their own.

Our thoughts are with the Sussex Sheriff’s Office as they deal with the tragic loss of two of their own.

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