In Memory of Deputy Sheriff Carlos Antonio Hernandez
Florida Deputy Dies from COVID19
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Deputy Sheriff Carlos Antonio Hernandez of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s died from complications of COVID19. Officials were devastated to brief residents on the loss. So many residents are hurting from loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After the start of the pandemic in early 2020, Americans became aware that some occupations put you at a greater risk for coming in contact with the virus. The hardest-hit group was first responders, which includes law enforcement officers. Many officers, even with pre-existing conditions, knew that their job had just become more dangerous. The danger was not only for themselves but for the lives of the families. Still, each day, badge in hand, officers across the country have gone forward despite the invisible threat to their lives. Hernandez is the seventh employee with the PBSO to have died from the virus.
Hernandez is one of several younger officers to have died from the virus at this location. He was 47 years of age.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Hernandez enjoyed his work with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He wore badge number 6635. The PBSO is a large, full-service law enforcement agency and the largest in Palm Beach County. PBSO provides safety and security to more than 680,000 residents from unincorporated areas of the county, as well as an additional 120,000 residents in the seven cities and towns who have contracted their law enforcement services with the PBSO.
PBSO’s motto is “Putting Community First.” With such a large number of residents to provide services for, there is a need for many officers. The PBSO certainly has everything covered; as one of the county’s largest employers, the agency has more than 4,000 employees and an additional 4,300 volunteers in the community.
COVID19 has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. It has taken many more lives worldwide. The heartache of loss will be woven through the fabric of this time in history. Deputy Sheriff Carlos Antonio Hernandez leaves behind his wife, daughter, parents, and sister. The community and fellow law enforcement officers will join together for a funeral mass supporting the Hernandez family in their grief.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office posted the announcement of the loss of Deputy Hernandez on their social media pages. “It is with profound sadness that we inform our PBSO family and friends of the loss of Deputy Carlos Hernandez. Deputy Hernandez began his career in Law Enforcement in 2002 at PBSO. He will be remembered as a kind and caring man who enjoyed his career.”
Palm Beach Mayor Dave Kerner spoke of the number of officers that the PBSO has lost. “I spoke with some senior leadership at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and that we’ve had over the course of COVID-19 seven PBSO employees pass away from COVID-19. The most recent employee that passed away last week was under the age of 50. We’ve had five employees in PBSO who were 49 or younger, and one was in their thirties.”
Tom Zeichman posted a message online regarding the loss of his good friend, Hernandez. “Carlos, I am a better person for having you as a friend. Your work ethic, knowledge, humor, and integrity are unsurpassed. I will miss you, my friend. God Bless you.”