Seminole County sergeant dies of COVID-19

Sgt. LaRue had been with the sheriff’s office since 1999.

Seminole County — Sergeant James LaRue passed away early Saturday morning from complications of the Coronavirus. LaRue served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. After being honorably discharged, he was hired by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Deputy Trainee.

Sheriff Dennis Lemma stated, in-part, “Sgt. LaRue was a beloved member of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and served a majority of his career working the B-Pod. He was loved by his colleagues, and he was also very popular among JEPCF inmates, working closely with those inmates suffering from mental health issues.”

During his career, he received many recognitions, including a Live-Saving Award in 2017. The sheriff’s office says they do not believe LaRue had contracted COVID-19 while working at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

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