In Memory of Deputy Sheriff Carlos D. Ortiz

In Memory of Deputy Sheriff Carlos D. Ortiz

Texas officials have had the somber duty of keeping residents informed about the losses of Texas officers during this terrible pandemic. Texas has lost more officers in the past year than other states. On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, Deputy Sheriff Carlos D. Ortiz, age 64, died from complications of COVID19. It is most likely that Deputy Ortiz contracted the virus during the course of his duties. Federal legislation has mandated that all officers who die from contracting COVID19 be considered line-of-duty deaths.

Deputy Sheriff Ortiz was a veteran law enforcement officer. He had served his community with the Colorado County Sheriff’s Office for more than 15 years. He was proud to wear badge number 612 as he helped residents throughout the county.

Colorado County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Ortiz spent several years representing the Colorado County Sheriff’s Office. The CCSO patrols an area over 974 square miles and provides law enforcement to more than 20,000 residents. The department offers a full array of law enforcement services and is nationally accredited.

Located in the county seat of Columbus, the CCSO has several teams and departments that handle the multiple tasks of law enforcement. Deputy Ortiz was able to serve in various positions over his time with the department. The CCSO is divided into training, investigation, patrol, civil, jail, communications, and school officers.


Deputy Sheriff Carlos D. Ortiz leaves behind his wife and two daughters. The community, neighbors, friends, and extended blue family will come together to celebrate the life of Deputy Ortiz. The support they provide to the Ortiz family is a way to honor the sacrifice made by Ortiz on behalf of others.

The Colorado County Sheriff’s Office posted the following announcement concerning the loss of Deputy Ortiz. “Sheriff Wied, along with the Colorado County Sheriff’s Office, mourn the loss of our own Deputy Carlos Ortiz #612. Deputy Ortiz was employed with the Sheriff’s Office for 15 years as a Deputy and Jailer. Please keep Deputy Ortiz’s family in your prayers during this difficult time.”

Local Fox 26 Houston shared some of the details of the loss of Deputy Ortiz Officials with the Colorado County Sheriff’s Office are mourning the loss of one of their own after Deputy Carlos Ortiz was said to have died from COVID-19 complications.”

Resident Denise Noviske offered prayers for the Ortiz family and the department. “Deepest sympathies to Deputy Ortiz and his family, coworkers, and friends. We appreciate his service. You all are in our hearts and prayers.

Colorado County EMS workers were devastated to hear the news of a fellow first responder lost to the virus. “Our hearts are heavy today as we learn of the passing of Colorado County Sheriff Deputy Carlos Ortiz. Our prayers are with his family and coworkers. We lost a defender today, and although he may be gone, he will never be forgotten.”