In Memory of Deputy Sheriff Ronald Rudy Butler
On Friday, September 3, 2021, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office announced that their department had lost a veteran officer to COVID19. Deputy Sheriff Ronald Rudy Butler, age 56, died due to complications of the virus. The US has lost more than 220 officers to the virus since January 2021. COVID19 has become the number one cause of line of duty deaths for officers all across the US.
Federal mandates have been put in place to protect the families of officers from financial ruin. Any active-duty officer who contracts and dies from the COVID19 virus is deemed a line of duty death. This helps the families to receive full death benefits and help them through the challenging times they face ahead.
Deputy Butler started early, after high school graduation, to commit his life to civil service. He joined the military. Butler was a US Marine Corp veteran. When he left the Marines, he wanted to continue a life of service. He has now served with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Officer for more than 31 years.
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for the safety and protection of those who live in Bexar County, Texas. The county is the 16th most populous in the United States, with more than two million residents. The county seat is San Antonio, the second-largest city in Texas and the seventh in the United States.
The county was created on December 20, 1836, and was named Bexar after San Antonio de Bexar, one of the 23 Mexican municipalities of Texas. The area was initially called Villa De San Fernando De Bexar, the first government created by Spain in Texas during the 1700s.
Deputy Sheriff Ronald Rudy Butler leaves behind his wife, two daughters, sisters, and brothers. The community, fellow law enforcement officers, neighbors, and friends will help to comfort the Butler family during this tragedy. In addition, many area agencies will volunteer to make the service for Butler memorable for residents, showing honor and gratitude for the immense sacrifice he made on their behalf.
The American Legion Post shared condolences with the Butler family and their members over the loss of Deputy Butler, a long-time member. “Saddened by the loss of fellow Legionnaire Ronald Rudy Butler. Member of The American Legion Post 309, Helotes, Texas with 11 years continuous membership in the American Legion. Rest in peace, brother.”
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office posted details about the loss and funeral arrangements. “The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of Deputy Ronald Butler, a 31-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, who lost his life due to COVID-19. COVID-19 is still affecting lives in our community. Please continue to practice all COVID-19 preventative measures to keep you and our community safe.”
The Lititz Borough Police Department shared sympathies with Bexar County on their loss. “The LBPD is mourning the death of Deputy Sheriff Ronald Rudy Butler. Deputy Butler died on September 3, 2021, from complications as the result of contracting COVID19.”
Katherine Ruffo, a friend, and resident shared condolences for the Butler family. “RIP, Ronald Butler. You’ll be missed and forever remembered! My sincerest condolences to your lovely wife and daughters.”
Jeff Espinosa shared gratitude to Deputy Butler online. “Sheriff Butler, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Unfortunately, it took a small virus to take your life. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication, and selfless service. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.”