Friends and family mourning loss of deputy jailer

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Friends and family members are mourning the loss of a deputy jailer who police say was shot in his home by his stepson.

"He was just a really really great amazing man. He was really, he was good," said Jahlyn Collins.

That is how 14-year-old Collins remembers Albert Bloomfield, the man she calls her dad.

"He took care of me since I've been really little. He was like my best friend. I told him everything. We'd tell each other everything," she said.

But Jahlyn never expected what would happen Sunday afternoon.

She was home when the 45-year-old was allegedly shot through the chest in their living room by his stepson, 31-year-old Jonathan Watkins.

Jahlyn did not want to talk about the events that took place Sunday afternoon, but she said she does want everyone to know what a wonderful person albert Bloomfield was and what he meant to her and her family.

"He always wanted everybody to be happy. If anybody was being sad he would put a smile on their face. He was always laughing. He was always happy," said Jahlyn.

Friends and coworkers agree.

"It's just a great loss. We lost a good friend, and the world lost a fine man," said Bryan Montgomery, Magoffin County Jailer.

They say the loss is one that is hard for anyone who knew Bloomfield to bear, especially his family and his wife.

"I just hate it for, you know, Vicky's lost a, you know, it's hard on her. She's lost a son and a husband here," said Montgomery.

But they say remembering the good times will help them through.

"We would go on random road trips. He would wake me up in the morning and we would go to Ashland, and we would just go to the YMCA and swim. We'd go out to Ruby Tuesday's and eat, and he would always do that just randomly. We'd go to different places," Jahlyn said.

They say they are thankful for the support of the community.

Watkins is charged with murder of a police officer and is being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

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