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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday that one of their own has died of COVID-19.

BSO said in a tweet that Sgt. Shane Owens, 48, had died after battling the coronavirus.

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Owens served for nearly 30 years with the BSO’s Department of Detention

“Sgt. Owens certainly left his mark in Central Intake. He was one of those dedicated employees who helped colleagues and supervisors do their jobs better,” said Col. Josefa Benjamin, executive director overseeing BSO’s Department of Detention and Community Programs. “I remember years ago arriving in Central Intake and Sgt. Owens was instrumental in helping me become acclimated with the Central Intake operations.”

Lt. Col. Tim Langelier, the director of the Department of Detention’s Operations and Administration said, “Shane was a no nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is supervisor who held people accountable. But more importantly, he taught them how to be the best they could be. If BSO had a Hall of Fame, Sgt. Shane Owens would be in it.”

Owens is survived by his father, family and friends.

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Arrangements for a private ceremony are pending. Team