Hero Down: Harris County Sheriff’s Sgt. Raymond Scholwinski Succumbs To COVID-19
The Woodlands, TX – Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Sergeant Raymond Scholwinski died on May 6, following a lengthy battle against COVID-19.
The 70-year-old sergeant began experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus on March 21, and was admitted to the hospital on March 29, KTRK reported.
"Raymond has been in the hospital before for different issues and he's never spent a night alone,” explained Rynda, his wife of nearly 34 years. “So, leaving him there was really tough.”
Rynda was able to see her husband on a video call in April, and his condition seemed to be improving for a while.
"It definitely makes me feel better. I mean, I'm very aware of that, we're not out of the woods but seeing some stability is very encouraging for us," Rynda told KTRK at the time.
Rynda also tested positive for COVID-19, but was able to recover from the illness at home, according to KHOU.
Sgt. Scholwinski’s valiant battle against the novel coronavirus came to an end on May 6, KTRK reported.
“He was the best man that I ever knew,” HCSO Sergeant Joe Halm said. “He was kind. He always had time for everybody.”
HCSO Deputy Emilia Wheeler described Sgt. Scholwinski as a humble man “who was patient and willing to go help anybody” who needed him, KTRK reported.
Sgt. Scholwinski served HCSO for 41 years, the department said in a press release.
He initially joined the force in 1979 as a reserve deputy, and spent the past 26 years working as a full-time deputy.
Sgt. Scholwinski was most recently assigned to District 2 as a contract sergeant, “where he was entrusted with serving as the district representative in most public speaking engagements,” the HCSO said.
"Sgt. Scholwinski represented the best of the Harris County Sheriff's Office family," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in the press release. "Whether he was on patrol, making a neighborhood association presentation, or in the field during hurricanes, tropical storms, and other disasters, Ray consistently delivered for the people of Harris County. We will miss our brother and we will honor his legacy of service."
In addition to his wife, Sgt. Scholwinski leaves behind his children, Anthony, Brandi, Matthew, and Clinton, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his sisters, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
A fundraising campaign established with the intent of creating a memorial fund in Sgt. Scholwinski’s name has raised over $5,390 so far.
Sgt. Scholwinski will be laid to rest on Thursday, according to his department.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Harris County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Raymond Scholwinski, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.