Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch Sunday, April 11, 2021
Deputy Sheriff Carlos Hernandez died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Deputy Hernandez had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years and was assigned to the Okeelanta Division. He had previously served with the Royal Palm Beach Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, father, parents, and sister.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.