ORLANDO, Fla. — Local law enforcement agencies are encouraging law enforcement officers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“To my fellow law enforcement officers: Get vaccinated. Do it, so your fellow deputies and officers can honor you at your retirement, instead of commemorating you at your funeral,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said in a video on Twitter.
Mina said in 2020, COVID-19 killed 240 law enforcement officers in the United States. He said that was more than all other line-of-duty deaths combined.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy First Class Craig Seijos, 54, died on Aug. 5 from complications of COVID-19 after nearly three decades of service within the department.
“Craig dedicated much of his life to serving the residents of Orange County,” Sheriff John Mina said in a statement. “We will always be grateful for his service and he will never be forgotten.”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Seijos was a dedicated family man who adored his wife and five adult children. His colleagues said he was an extremely generous person and was always willing to donate to a good cause.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced that Deputy Sheriff Christopher Broadhead died on Monday.
Broadhead, 32, worked with the Sheriff’s Office since Nov. 2011.
“Deputy Broadhead received many accolades throughout his 10 year career. He was awarded a Medal of Valor in 2013, several division and department commendations, a Sheriff’s Commendation, and Meritorious Service Medal in 2017,” according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
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