A member of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office who had recently been promoted to the rank of lieutenant died Wednesday, three days after she had sought medical attention while working at the city's jail, officials said.
Rose Dilworth, 51, died from what appeared to be a medical-related emergency, Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Phil Stelly said Thursday. An exact cause of death wasn't immediately available, however.
Having recently worked her way up from the rank of sergeant, Dilworth was on duty Sunday when she responded to a call for backup at the Orleans Justice Center. Colleagues of hers had the situation under control when she arrived, Stelly said, and she told them she was going to go to the medical center for reasons that weren't specified Thursday.
She was taken to a local hospital shortly after she went to the medical clinic, Stelly said. She died at the hospital.
In a statement, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman said that his agency would fly its flag at the jail at half-staff from noon Thursday until Dilworth's funeral is held.
"I'm saddened to hear of Lt. Dilworth's passing," Gusman said, calling her a dedicated member of his agency. "I want to extend my sincere condolences to Lt. Dilworth's family."
Court-appointed jail administration Gary Maynard added, "She was not only a part of the operations at the jail, but (she was) part of our corrections family. She will be missed by all."
Dilworth's funeral arrangements were incomplete Thursday afternoon.
She was at least the second active Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office lieutenant to die in the past nine months. Fred Austin, 55, a member of the Investigative Services bureau, died in March from an apparent heart attack while working out inside the gym at the New Orleans Police Department's headquarters.