NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) -
An off-duty Northport police officer who suffered severe injuries in a two-vehicle crash at Tierce Patton Road and Highway 69 has passed away, according to Northport police.
Lt. Tim Sullivan says 37-year-old Jimmy "Jason" Guin passed away Friday morning at 2:34 a.m. at UAB. Friday, flags flew at half staff at the Northport Police Department. It's one way the community can recognize Guin.
"It's a loss that's going to take us a long time to accept what's happened. And it's a difficult time for all of us," Northport Police Chief Kerry Card said.
Guin was driving his personal vehicle, a Ford Explorer, on Thursday morning around 6:39 a.m when he was involved in an accident with a Nissan Maxima. The officer was ejected from his vehicle. The woman driving the Nissan was uninjured.
Guin was transported to DCH in Tuscaloosa then airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.
Officials do not know how the wreck happened or who is at fault. No one has been charged in relation to the accident.
Card says that Guin always wanted to be a police officer. Guin worked in the patrol division and was a 10 year veteran of the force.
"He was cool under pressure, he had a calming personality, even when he was around people in difficult situations. Just the kind of person you'd want to sculpt as a law enforcement professional," Card said.
Card also says that Guin was a compassionate individual who cared about people in a special way.
"Officer Guin leaves behind two families that are mourning, the family he had at home and the family he leaves behind at the Northport Police Department," Card said.
Guin's friends say they are planning to collect money at the Holly Jolly Market at the Northport Civic Center to help Guin's family with financial burdens. Funeral plans have not yet been finalized.