Deputy Sheriff Oscar Rocha died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmates at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California.
He remained on a ventilator for approximately one month before passing away.
Deputy Rocha had served with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years and was planning on retiring in January 2021. He is survived by his wife, son, two stepchildren, 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.