Prince George’s County, MD – Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) Corporal Terry Alphonso Middleton died unexpectedly on June 17.
The 49-year-old corporal was off-duty at home when he passed away, the PGPD said in a press release on June 21.
Cpl. Middleton’s exact cause of death was not released.
The corporal served the PGPD for 16 years and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol Division II Bowie Station at the time of his death, the department said.
“Corporal Middleton was seen as a mentor to the younger officers on his squad and was always ready to offer a helping hand,” the agency noted.
In addition to his role as a law enforcement officer, Cpl. Middleton was also a 31-year volunteer at the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
He was an active FDNY volunteer for 16 years and an honorary member for 16 years, the PGPD said.
Cpl. Middleton was also an avid fisherman and New York Yankees fan.
The longtime officer was “a devoted father and husband” who left behind his wife and four daughters, according to the PGPD.
“We offer his family and everyone who knew and loved Corporal Middleton our sincere condolences,” the police department said.
Hundreds of people offered their condolences in response to the PGPD’s Facebook post announcing Cpl. Middleton’s unexpected death.
One person wrote that he had known Cpl. Middleton since childhood.
“Had the privilege of growing up with Terry and the honor to call him a friend,” the message read. “Truly the best of the best. Heartbroken…”
“Just saw you last week,” another person wrote.” Always were a pleasure to talk to and knew how kind of a person you were. Watch over us…Rest easy and forever in peace…”
The Prince George’s County Police family is mourning the death of Corporal Terry Middleton. Corporal Middleton passed away late last week at his home. He was off-duty at the time. https://t.co/lSTFdhhP65 pic.twitter.com/xm3zQK8vmQ
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) June 21, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Prince George’s County Police Department Corporal Terry Alphonso Middleton, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.