Sergeant Jose Antonio Diaz-Ayala
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch Saturday, April 4, 2020
Sergeant Jose Diaz-Ayala died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center.
Sergeant Diaz-Ayala had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. He is survived by three daughters, two sisters, and parents.
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.