Detention Deputy Charles Otis Pugh, II
Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Detention Deputy Charles Pugh died after contracting COVID-19 following a confirmed exposure in the Santa Rosa County Jail.
Deputy Pugh had served with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office for five years and had previously served with the Florida Department fo Corrections for one year. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.