Deer Lodge, MT – Montana Department of Corrections (DOC) Correctional Officer Albert “Chub” Wheat died in the line of duty Feb. 4 shortly after arriving at work.
The 50-year-old correctional officer died unexpectedly, and his exact cause of death was not released, according to his obituary.
DOC spokesperson Carolyn Bright confirmed Correctional Officer Wheat’s death in an email to the Helena Independent Record on Monday.
“We lost a valued employee shortly after he reported for a shift at [Montana State Prison] on Friday morning,” Bright wrote. “On behalf of everyone at the department, we express our deepest condolences to the family of Correctional Officer Albert ‘Chub’ Wheat.”
Bright said investigators do not believe there was anything “suspicious” about Correctional Officer Wheat’s tragic death, the Helena Independent Record reported.
The Deer Lodge native “loved the people he worked with at [Montana] State Prison,” according to his obituary.
“Chub never met a stranger in is life and could bulls–t with anyone at any time,” the tribute read. “Chub’s smile could light up the room, his laugh was infectious, his cocky grin made you smile, and his bear hugs were awesome.”
Correctional Officer Wheat leaves behind his children, Aliawna, Bridger, and Karson.
He is also survived by his children’s mother, his siblings, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, according to his obituary.
“We lost a very good friend and co-worker today at work,” one of his colleagues wrote in a Facebook post. “He was the picture of health and just the nicest guy ever! So sad!! RIP Albert Wheat Chub you will be truly missed and it will be so hard to go to work and not see your smiling face and hear your cheerful laugh!”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Montana Department of Corrections Correctional Officer Albert “Chub” Wheat, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.