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.
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.”
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.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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