A 15-year Riverside County Sheriff’s Department veteran who was most recently assigned to the Murrieta jail died Thursday from coronavirus, marking the first death among the agency’s ranks due to the pandemic.
“We are saddened to announce the passing of one of our own RSO family members, Deputy Terrell Young,” according to a Twitter post by the sheriff’s department. “Terrell Young served this department for 15 (years) & is the 1st member to succumb to the COVID-19 virus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.”
Young, who died Thursday morning, leaves behind a wife and four children, according to the sheriff’s department. Young was the first deputy to test positive for COVID-19.
Young was most recently assigned to the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, sheriff’s officials said. It was not immediately clear when he was diagnosed or began displaying symptoms, or if his diagnosis led to quarantines of jail inmates or co-workers.
Young joined the sheriff’s department in 2005 and worked assignments primarily in western Riverside County in two county jails as well as the courts. He also spent time at the Southwest and Perris sheriff’s stations.
“I have been in touch with his family and they are requesting privacy at this time,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Association president Bill Young said in a statement. “Our association family, and law enforcement family as a whole, mourns with all of you, and our deepest sympathy and prayers extend to the family of Deputy Terrell Young. Please stay safe and take care of one another during these unprecedented, extremely difficult times.”
Prior to joining the department, Young worked as an enrollment counselor at California Baptist University in Riverside and National University in Orange County, according to his LinkedIn page. He also worked as an admissions counselor at the University of Phoenix and spent a year as an investment adviser in Orange County.
On Monday, Sheriff Chad Bianco announced that three sheriff’s deputies had so far tested positive for COVID-19.
Bianco said at the time there were other deputies who were self-quarantined and awaiting test results, though he did not specify how many.
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