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Wayne County Jail Guard Collapses, Dies

Posted February 21, 2007

— A detention officer collapsed and died Tuesday night at the Wayne County Detention Center, authorities said.

Ronnie Dean Kornegay, 49, of 144 E. Pine Forest Road in Mount Olive, collapsed while working at the jail and was pronounced dead at Wayne Memorial Hospital, authorities said.

Kornegay had worked for the Wayne County Sheriff's Office as a detention officer for more than 11 years, authorities said.

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  • kma1005 Feb 22, 2007

    From us Detention Officers in Wake County, rest in peace brother.

  • j4b Feb 21, 2007

    Mr. Kornegay was a good person and will be deeply missed around the Sheriffs Office. My prayers go out to his family, friends and all his co-workers. Rest in Peace.

  • gratefultoGOD Feb 21, 2007

    GOD be with his family in this time of sorrow. Too young to die. GOD BLESS+++

  • deerslayer Feb 21, 2007

    this is very sad..heart goes out to those who knew him..

  • diwanicki Feb 21, 2007

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends(co-workers included)