Sergeant Raul Salazar, Jr.

Sergeant Raul Salazar, Jr.

Nueces County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, August 23, 2020

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Raul Salazar, Jr.

Sergeant Raul Salazar died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.

Sergeant Salazar had served with the Nueces County Sheriff's Office for seven years and had served in law enforcement for 22 years. He had previously served with the Beeville Police Department, Texas A&M University Kingsville Police Department, Kingsville Police Department, and Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife.


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 52
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19

communicable disease, COVID-19

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RIP my friend. You were a great partner and you always had my back.

Deputy Bryan Hardin
Collin County Sheriff’s Office

July 16, 2021

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