Community Gathers to Remember Fallen Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy
A funeral service is underway in Concord this morning for Alameda County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Foley, who died after he was hit by a prisoner bus at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin last week.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers were expected to attend the funeral at the Concord Pavilion, which was scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
Foley, 60, worked in law enforcement for 37 years, including 29 years in the Concord Police Department and nine years with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
He was struck by an inmate bus at the transportation yard behind the jail near Broder Boulevard at about 6 a.m. on Feb. 22 as he was walking across the parking lot, according to sheriff’s officials.
It was dark at the time of the accident and apparently the deputy who was driving the bus didn’t see Foley and Foley didn’t see the bus, which was traveling at about 15 mph, sheriff’s officials said.
Foley is survived by his wife Tammie of 25 years, his son Michael and his daughter Tonya. He is the first Alameda County sheriff’s deputy to die in the line of duty since 1998.
There will be a private procession and burial after the service. A reception for sheriff’s staff, family and friends will be held at the Dublin Senior Center at 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. in Dublin from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help his family. The page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/deputy-mike-foleys-family-fund and had raised more than $21,000 as of this morning.