The death of Birmingham, Alabama Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter is being felt here in the metro area. Sgt. Carter, who was killed in the line of duty last Sunday, was a former corrections officer for Douglas County from August 1998 to October of 2000.
“Anytime we lose a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, it’s devastating for our country, but the death of Sgt. Wytasha Carter hits especially hard for us because he was a part of our county family,” says Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers. “We send our deepest condolences to his wife, children, family and to the entire Birmingham Police Department. Sgt. Carter will be greatly missed.”
Harvey Burtley, who has worked as a corrections officer at DCDC for more than 23 years, remembers Carter’s “bubbly” personality and “go-getter” mentality.
“He stood out as a leader,” Burtley says “He always said corrections was going to be a stepping stone for him to get to the next level. He took pride in his job. His uniform was always pressed and his shoes were always shined.”
Carter was killed and another officer critically wounded as they were investigating a call about vehicle burglaries. Carter was 44 and is survived by his wife and two children.