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- Nov. 21, 2020 -

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Seminole County Sheriff's Office Patch
Resided: FL, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Nov. 21, 2020
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 48 yrs. of age
Dept: Seminole County Sheriff's Office - FL
100 N Bush Blvd  
Sanford, FL   32773-6706   USA
County: Seminole
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Sergeant
Sworn Date: 1999/
FBI Class: Death - Biological
Weapon Class: COVID-19
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 21 years
Duties: Assigned to John E. Polk Correctional Facility

Bio: Sgt. LaRue served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1996.


Sgt. LaRue began his service with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a Detention Deputy Trainee. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2010. During his career, he received many recognitions, including a Live-Saving Award in 2017.

Although it is not believed that Sgt. LaRue contracted COVID-19 while working at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office will treat his passing as a Line of Duty Death, consistent with the provisions in the Safeguarding America's First Responders Act of 2020 (S. 3067).

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: FL   USA
Summary: Sgt. James LaRue died from complications of the COVID-19 virus. His death was deemed to be the result of an on-duty injury.


COVID-19, a flu-like virus, originated in Wuhan, China. Worth a mention, the Chinese Government, had a biological research facility in that very province. At this point, it was widely held that COVID-19 was a bat-coronavirus and the first case was discovered in Wuhan in Oct. 2019.

On Dec. 31, 2019, Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China, with an unknown cause. Jan 7, 2020 Chinese authorities identify a new type of coronavirus (called novel coronavirus or nCoV).

Despite deaths and an entire Chinese Province(Hubei) quarantined by the Chinese Government, the World Health Organization(WHO) simply declares a global public-health emergency. Despite this serious understatement, on January 31st, President Trump bans foreign nationals from entering the US if they were in China within the prior two weeks. Despite a large public outcry of racism, this move likely saved 1000's of American lives, it would later be deemed.

After a full blown global infection, and an entire country being declared on 'Lockdown'(Italy), on March 11th, WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic. This same day, President Trump bans all travel from 26 European countries. On Mar. 13th, a US national emergency is declared over the novel coronavirus outbreak.

On Mar. 23rd, New York City confirms 21,000 cases, making it the biggest epicenter of the outbreak in the US. On Mar. 31, more than 1/3 of humanity is under some form of lockdown. On Apr. 2nd, the world passes one million COVID-19 infections.

On April 7th, roughly 95% of all Americans are under lockdown, as 42 states issue stay-at-home orders. The entire American economy has ground to a halt. Congress passed laws awarding trillions in grants, loans and other types of assistance to the American working population and businesses.

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