East Texas deputy hospitalized with COVID-19

Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 5:56 PM CST
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GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas sheriff’s office is asking for public prayers for the recovery of one of it’s deputies who is extremely ill with Covid-19.

Corporal ‘James Hagler’ of the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office has been hospitalized with COVID-19 since December.

Working as a book-in officer at the Gregg county jail, James Hagler became ill in December, and is now hospitalized in an ‘ICU’.

“When I think of James I think of a guy that would give you the shirt off his back. And he would never ask for it back. That’s the kind of guy James is,” says Gregg county sheriff’s office captain Luke Whitehead.

Deputies and staff are asking for people to pray for James, a well liked officer with a big smile.

Corporal Hagler has worked for the Gregg County Sheriff’s office for 6 years, mostly at the north jail. He even met his wife there.

“We were married 2 years yesterday, on New Year’s Eve. He started feeling a little bit under the weather, so I said go get tested. He tested positive and he only had 20-30 percent oxygen going though his blood, they did not know how he walked to a hospital emergency room. He is in ICU at Good Shepherd Medical Center,” says wife Shallon Hagler.

Shallon knows hers is not the only family dealing with this.

“We’re praying for everybody in the community who is going through the same thing,” she says.

James is in a medically induced comatose state but stabilized.

“James is in our thoughts and prayers daily, and the entire sheriff’s office is praying for a quick recovery for him,” says James supervisor lieutenant Ben Reynolds.

“He’s just a genuine good country boy. We want you home James, the county wants you back. We love you. Everybody’s pulling for you,” Shallon says.

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