A 56-year-old DeKalb County, AL, deputy was killed Tuesday in a traffic crash, according to officials with the department where he worked, reports the Times Free Press.

"Our hearts here at the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office are saddened this morning when we learned that one of our deputies, Daniel Matthews was in a car accident that took his life," DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said Tuesday in a news release. "Daniel was 56 years old, was with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Reserves for two years before becoming a deputy."

Matthews had been a deputy for four years and also was employed by the Fort Payne Housing Authority, Harris said.