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Deputy Pedro "Pete" Romo was carried from the morgue of Olive View UCLA Medical Center to a nearby car ahead of the procession. Photo by Michael Brown/KHTS News.

Procession Held For SCV Sheriff’s Deputy Who Lost Battle Against COVID-19

Dozens of family members, friends, and officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the William S. Hart Union High School District gathered for a procession was Monday morning for Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputy Pedro “Pete” Romo, who died from complications of COVID-19 a week prior. 

The procession began at 10 a.m. Monday after Romo’s body was loaded into a car from the Olive View UCLA Medical Center near the 210 in Sylmar. Dozens of Sheriff’s personnel and family members then traveled to Forest Lawn in Hollywood. 

Officers from multiple different law enforcement agencies as well as firefighters paid their respects to Romo as the procession passed under bridges as it traveled down the 5 Freeway.  

Several dozen deputies saluted Pete as he was carried to the car. Photo by Michael Brown/KHTS News

Deputy Romo contracted COVID-19 in December of 2020, and was hospitalized in mid-January until he ultimately passed away from coronavirus-related complications on Sunday, Feb. 14th, 2021.

The 25-year veteran of the LASD was described as “a beloved part of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station” since he first was assigned to the area in 2004, at the time with only nine years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) under his belt.

“Deputy Romo was a great partner, family man and friend,” read an official post from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “He always managed to bring spirit to the station with a smile and positive attitude, as well as took pride in providing security to students.” 

SCV Sheriff’s Station Captain Justin Diez comforted the Romo family after Pete was loaded into a car. Photo by Michael Brown/KHTS News.

During his time in Santa Clarita, Romo served as a School Resource Officer for Valencia High School for 13 years, providing protection and mentorship, and allowing positive interaction between students and law enforcement.

On Valentine’s Day, Romo left behind his wife Natalie, as well as their three children, Marko, Sean and Natalia, who are “in shock and heartbroken by the sudden and unexpected loss of their loving husband and father,” officials said.

Deputies on motorcycles led the procession for Deputy Romo. Photo by Michael Brown/KHTS News.

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Procession Held For SCV Sheriff’s Deputy Who Lost Battle Against COVID-19

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Louie was born and raised in Santa Clarita. At the age of two Louie lost his vision due to a brain tumor. However, Louie doesn't let blindness stop him from doing what ever it is he wants to accomplish. Growing up some of his favorite hobbies were wood working, fishing and riding bikes. Louie graduated from College of the Canyon in December of 2017, with a Broadcast Journalism degree. Growing up Louie has always wanted to be a fire fighter or a police officer, but because of his blindness Louie knew that wouldn't work. Louie has always loved listening to police and fire radio traffic, using a scanner, and he figured if he was going to listen to the scanner so much, he should do something with it.