VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Don Cale is surrounded by memories of his brother Jerry Cale, including his accomplishments during his 27-year career with the Virginia Beach Police Department.
“Investigations, warrant for fleeing units, home affairs, various criminal units, robbery, homicide,” Don Cale said, pointing to a framed plaque listing his brother’s various roles in the force.
After his retirement, Jerry Cale continued his commitment to helping people by opening Beach Security and Investigations, his private investigative firm in Virginia Beach.
“There was a hole he saw as a police officer that he couldn’t do beyond what his normal duties would be,” Don Cale mentionned.
Last week Don collected some of his memories as he prepared to say goodbye to his brother.
Jerry Cale lost his battle with COVID-19 on July 4 after spending two weeks in hospital and on a ventilator in his dying moments.
“It was really scary because he was alone,” Don said. “I mean, he had dialysis on the last day, and that was just… they say the dialysis helped. Now we start to have an improvement and then they literally said there is nothing else they can do. It’s in the hands of God.
The father of four was 58 years old and was not vaccinated.
“It was very aggressive and it attacked the lungs more than anything else,” Don said.
Don said doctors believe Jerry has the Delta variant, which health experts say is more contagious and deadly.
“The greatest sadness for the family was not being able to visit someone who was going through this or even communicate,” Don said. “It was really hard.”
As the Delta variant quickly gains traction across the country and cases continue to rise, the family is making a desperate appeal to those who are not vaccinated.
“The chances of having an adverse reaction to the vaccination have a lower percentage than you would have an adverse reaction to the vaccination compared to the chances of catching COVID and experiencing what we did,” Don said.
As the family begins to heal, they said Jerry’s commitment to the community will continue.
“Even with his passing, this business will continue in his legacy,” Don said. “We will always do the things he set in motion.”
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