Third Harris County deputy dies of COVID-19, officials say

Third Harris County deputy dies of COVID-19
Third Harris County deputy dies of COVID-19

TEXAS – Another Harris County sheriff’s deputy has died from COVID-19, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday, taking the pandemic death toll in the law enforcement agency to three.

Deputy Johnny Tunches, 56, died Tuesday after being hospitalized for nearly a month, the office said in a statement. Tunches was with the sheriff's office for 29 years.

Friends and colleagues of Deputy Tunches told KPRC 2 that they will remember him for his hard work and dedication and for being such a great friend.

“Johnny’s left a lasting impression on everyone’s he’s touched. He was a good man, he worked hard, you asked him to do something he got it done,” said Sgt. Albert Ashworth, with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, District 2.

Deputy Johnny Tunches served the Harris County Sheriff’s Department District 2 for 29 years.

He’s received many awards during his service including Deputy of the month. His colleagues said he’s always helpful and encouraging.

“He would tell me hey I hear you’re doing a great job like keep up the good work,” said Deputy Jessica Leggett, with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, District 2.

Deputy Tunches got sick last month and was hospitalized with Coronavirus.


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