Bulloch County native, Harrison Deal was killed in a car accident on I-16 at the Pooler Parkway around 10 AM this morning. Harrison was traveling alone at the time of the accident. Harrison was working on Senator Kelly Loeffler's campaign staff and was believed to be traveling to advance a campaign event with Vice President Mike Pence at the Savannah airport.
Harrison was a 2018 graduate of Bulloch Academy and a student at the University of Georgia. He is the son of Bulloch County Commissioner Curt Deal, his mother is Jenni Groover Deal and was brother to Hannah and Halli Deal.
The news of Harrison's death has been painful for everyone who knew him. He was a remarkably talented, compassionate and driven young man. He loved politics and was fortunate at a very young age to be involved in Georgia politics at the highest level.
Friendship with Governor Kemps Family began in Statesboro
Harrison met Governor Brian Kemp's daughter at a campaign event in Statesboro when Kemp was running for Governor. Governor Kemp tweeted a statement and photo of the Kemp and Deal family last Christmas at the Governor's Mansion.
“Today, we lost a member of our “Kemp Strong” family and words cannot express how much Harrison Deal’s life, love and support meant to us. He was a person of deep faith, unmatched integrity, and incredible kindness. Harrison was the Kemp son and brother we never had,” Kemp said in a statement.
“Our prayers are with the Deal Family - and countless others - as they mourn the tragic loss of Harrison. He brought people together and made everyone feel important and special. 2020 has been marked by adversity, tragedy and pain. For the Kemp Family, weathering this storm will be the most difficult challenge yet.”
Statement from the Kemp Family on the Passing of Harrison Deal: pic.twitter.com/l5uSWuo05H— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) December 4, 2020
Both Loeffler and Gov. Brian Kemp canceled their appearances at a campaign event in Savannah with Vice President Mike Pence as they mourn the loss of Deal.
Statement from Senator Kelly Loeffler
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Harrison Deal. My heart aches for his family, and Jeff and I will continue to surround them in love and prayer in the days ahead. Harrison was a beloved member of our campaign team,” Loeffler said in a statement. “More importantly, Harrison was a smart, bright, loving, loyal and outstanding young man. Harrison embodied the very best of this campaign - and the very best of our state. We will forever cherish and honor Harrison’s memory, and I ask every Georgian to join us in praying for his family during this difficult time.”
It is with an extremely heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Harrison Deal. My heart aches for his family, and Jeff and I will continue to surround them in love and prayer in the days ahead. Harrison was a beloved member of our campaign team.— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) December 4, 2020
Statement from Senator David Perdue
Deal previously interned for Sen. David Perdue’s office in summer 2019. Perdue released the following statement Friday:
“Bonnie and I are devastated to learn of the passing of Harrison Deal, a young man from Bulloch County. Harrison interned in my Atlanta office in the summer of 2019, and was currently working as a field representative for Senator Loeffler’s campaign. He was a member of the University of Georgia Class of 2022. Harrison was a smart, kind young man with a bright future ahead of him, and he is gone too soon. We are praying for his parents, Curt and Jenni Deal, and his sisters, Hannah and Halli. I ask the people of Georgia to join us in keeping the entire Deal family in their hearts on this terrible day.”
Funeral arrangements are not complete at this this time.