A veteran Fresno County Sheriff’s Office homicide detective died from COVID-19 complications on Monday, officials said.
Jose Mora, 44, served 20 years in law enforcement. According to the sheriff’s office, in August, he and other detectives traveled out of state on for an investigation.
“Shortly after returning home, Mora felt ill. He was later admitted to a local hospital. Medical tests revealed he was positive for COVID-19. Mora spent the next several weeks hospitalized. Due to health complications, he later passed away,” a news release said.
A ‘Workhorse’ Detective
Mora started his law enforcement career in 2000 with the Firebaugh Police Department. He joined the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in 2004, working a variety of beats, including homicide for the last five years.
“Jose was a workhorse. He was someone our Homicide Unit could always depend on to conduct a thorough investigation and get justice for the victim’s family. His cheerful attitude and strong work ethic will be greatly missed at our department,” said Homicide Sgt. Jon Alvarado.
Because he contracted COVID-19 while working, Mora’s death is considered in the line of duty. It is the 13th line of duty death in the 164-year history of the department.
Mora is survived by his wife and four children, ages 17-27.