Colorado County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
End of Watch Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Deputy Sheriff Carlos Ortiz died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Deputy Ortiz served with the Colorado County Sheriff’s Office for over 25 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
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.