25-year LASD veteran dies from COVID-19

A 25-year veteran Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer died after battling COVID-19, the Sheriff’s Department reported Monday.

Pedro Romo died on Sunday, Feb. 14, from a COVID-19 related illness.

Romo was transferred to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in 2004 and had worked as a resource officer at Valencia High School for 13 years, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Romo contracted COVID-19 in December and was hospitalized until his death, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

“Deputy Romo was a great partner, family man and friend,” said a Facebook post by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “He always managed to bring spirit to the station with a smile and positive attitude, as well as took pride in providing security to students.”

GoFundMe was created by Romo’s fellow deputies to raise money to support his family.

On Jan. 25, the Sheriff’s Department reported the COVID-19 related death of Deputy Santiago Carrillo. The Sheriff’s Department’s website said that as of Monday, 2,857 agency personnel have been confirmed positive since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.

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