A veteran sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department died this week from coronavirus complications.
Sgt. Armando Meneses, who worked for the LASD for nearly 25 years, died of a COVID-related illness on Tuesday, February 16, the department announced on Wednesday.
“Sergeant Armando Meneses was a dear husband, father & almost 25 year veteran of our Department,” the LASD wrote on Twitter. “He was a truly honorable man with a golden heart. Please keep him and his entire family in your prayers.”
The department confirmed in an email to the Asian Journal that Meneses was of Filipino descent.
With his passing, he was the sixth deputy and the 12th employee of the LASD to die from COVID-19. On Sunday, the department lost Pedro Romo, a 25-year veteran of the department and a school resource deputy.
As of Wednesday morning, 2,856 sheriff’s department employees had tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including 1,910 sworn personnel, according to the department’s website.
At the Los Angeles Police Department, three Filipino Americans have died of COVID-19 earlier this year, as previously reported by the Asian Journal: Raymond Guerrero, a police service representative; Philip Sudario, an officer of 25 years; and Dexter De Los Santos, a full-time security guard with the Security Services Division. (AJPress)