Longtime JSO officer dies after ‘extremely courageous fight’ with ALS

JSO Assistant Chief Jimmy Judge (Provided to WJXT)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jimmy Judge, a long-time member of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, died Saturday.

Judge’s battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) had become the subject of several News4JAX reports as he traveled for treatments and fellow officers and local businesses joined forces to raise money to help cover his medical bills.

In an interview with News4Jax in January 2021, Judge said he would fight until his last breath.

Judge, a nearly 32-year veteran with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, is survived by his wife, Shannon, his son Jakie.

Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters released a statement via social media Saturday on Judge’s passing.

“Today, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office lost a valued member of our family. Jimmy Judge was a nearly 32-year veteran of our agency who served with honor and distinction. Jimmy was the longest-tenured lieutenant when he was appointed by Sheriff Mike Williams to serve as Assistant Chief. Jimmy fought an extremely courageous fight in his battle against ALS. He was widely loved, and his passing is deeply felt throughout current and retired members of not only the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, but the Jacksonville community.

On behalf of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, I send my condolences to his wife, Shannon, and their son, Jakie. Please join me in keeping Lt. Judge’s family members and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”

Mayor Lenny Curry also offered his condolences to the family in a tweet Saturday.

Sheriff T.K. Waters also shared his thoughts on Judge’s passing.

News4JAX is awaiting information on viewing and funeral services.