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Jail officer remembered as selfless man of integrity

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Posted at 8:51 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 22:51:32-05

PHOENIX (AP) - A Maricopa County sheriff's detention officer who died following an attack by an inmate is being remembered as a selfless man of integrity.

Sixty-four-year-old Gene "Jim" Lee was celebrated Friday at a memorial in Phoenix.

His nephew William Gutierrez says Lee would often tinker with radios, his dining room table and even took cars apart. He also loved a good bargain, especially at Goodwill.

The Arizona Republic reports that Lee had a career as an electrical engineer before he went to work in the Maricopa County jails.

Sheriff's officials said Lee died after suffering a head injury when he was knocked to the ground by a 59-year-old inmate.