A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who had worked for the department nearly 25 years died from an illness related to COVID-19, the department announced Wednesday.

Sgt. Armando Meneses, who died Tuesday, is the second deputy in three days to die of complications from the disease.

Deputy Pedro Romo, a 25-year veteran of the department who worked as a school resource deputy, died Sunday.

“Sergeant Armando Meneses was a dear husband, father & almost 25 year veteran of our Department,” LASD said in a tweet. “He was a truly honorable man with a golden heart. Please keep him and his entire family in your prayers.”

As of Wednesday morning, 2,856 sheriff’s department employees had tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including 1,910 sworn personnel, according to the department’s website.

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