Detective Juan Alfonso "John" Delgado

Detective Juan Alfonso "John" Delgado

Bay City Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 15, 2021

Add to My Heroes

Juan Alfonso "John" Delgado

Detective John Delgado died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Detective Delgado was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the Bay City Police Department for 24 years and had served in law enforcement for 43 years. He had previously served with the Port Lavaca Police Department, Wharton County Sheriff's Office, and Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife and three adult children. All three of his children also serve in law enforcement.

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 900 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.


  • Age 67
  • Tour 43 years
  • Badge 411
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 15, 2020

COVID-19, communicable disease

Most Recent Reflection

View all 46 Reflections

Det. Juan Delgado,

I knew him by another name, “Dad” or “Pop”. He was my mentor and my role model. I wanted to be you. You are and forever will be my hero. I remember growing up he taught me the medical skills he learned from the Army, the basics of handgun safety, and tactics of room clearing. Instilling in me to never quit and to fight for the weak even at the cost of my own life.

Even as I was young I knew I was learning something important and things that I would take with me for the rest of my life. Some kids learned to fish or work on cars, he taught me to dress my wounds and that in a fight for your life, there are no rules, one person gets to walk away and that person better be me.

I once asked my father, why he wasn't into traditional hobbies like hunting. He said that during his years, he had gone after dangerous men and after that nothing really compared. This only solidified my awe of the man my father was. I saw my father as a man who went after dangerous men who were put in his path head on, and came back every time. Maybe scared or bruised but he came back.

More so than this man who taught me at a young age how to fight, how to apply law, how to lead, my father was the best father anyone could ask for. He was tough, he was a hard man with high standards, but he was loving, forgiving, and showed all of his family how to be a father. He always walked his family to the car and said “Watch your Ass” as you headed home.

My two siblings and I all entered law enforcement as part of the sense of duty he had instilled in all of us. We try everyday to make him proud.

I’ll see you on the other side Pop, but until then I’ll watch my ass like you taught me. Love you Dad.

Sergeant John David Delgado #314
Rosenberg Police Department

August 25, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.