Sergeant Jose Antonio Diaz-Ayala

Sergeant Jose Antonio Diaz-Ayala

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, April 4, 2020

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Jose Antonio Diaz-Ayala

Sergeant Jose Diaz-Ayala died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center.

Sergeant Diaz-Ayala had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. He is survived by three daughters, two sisters, and parents.


The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 600 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Sergeant Jose Diaz-Ayala you're gone but not forgotten. Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, will never be the same without you. Thank you for your service and friendship. Sleep in peace love you, my friend.

Deputy Anita Boston #24101
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.

July 24, 2020

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