Fire Marshal Roland Asebedo

Fire Marshal Roland Asebedo

Denton County Fire Marshal's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, September 13, 2021

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Roland Asebedo

Fire Marshal Roland Asebedo died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Fire Marshal Asebedo had served with the Denton County Fire Marshal's Office for 18 years and had previously served four years with the Brisco County Fire Department, two years with the Highland Fire Department, and three years with the Coppell Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, two children, mother, and brother.

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 56
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, July 19, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Roland, your name always comes up as one of the good ones, dedicated and caring. Your smile would change the day and your stories would bring the laughter. Although you are missed by everyone, there are many spoken phrases like, "What would Roland do?" or "I remember Roland would always be there, anytime anyplace for you" in our daily activities. Brother in Blue and Red, you are still in our hearts and you are loved. We were blessed to have had you in our lives.

Investigator Michael Wiles
Denton County Emergency Management

December 7, 2022

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