Sheriff Abraham Martin Vega

Sheriff Abraham Martin Vega

Lynn County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Abraham Martin Vega

Sheriff Abraham Vega died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sheriff Vega had served with the Lynn County Sheriff's Office for 19 years and as Sheriff for three years. He previously served with the Tahoka Police Department and the Tahoka Independent School District Police Department's first Chief of Police. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, two step-children, mother, father, sister, brother, and granddaughter.

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 48
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 500

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, July 20, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Sheriff Vega,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

October 9, 2022

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