Deputy Sheriff Jeff Hopkins died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. He was serving at the jail’s intake when he had confirmed exposure to other employees who were symptomatic and later confirmed to have COVID-19.
Deputy Hopkins had served with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and parents.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.