Deputy Sheriff Richard O’Brien died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among inmates and correctional staff at the Cook County Jail at 2650 S. California Avenue in Chicago.
Deputy O’Brien had served with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office – Department of Court Services for 25 years and was assigned to the Skokie Civil Process Unit. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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.