Deputy Sheriff Carlos David Ortiz

Deputy Sheriff Carlos David Ortiz

Colorado County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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Carlos David Ortiz

Deputy Sheriff Carlos Ortiz died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Deputy Ortiz served with the Colorado County Sheriff's Office for over 15 years and had over 25 years of service. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

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 64
  • Tour 25 years, 4 months
  • Badge 612

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 22, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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