Hero Down: MCSO Deputy Sypraseuth 'Bud' Phouangphrachanh Dies From Coronavirus
Pinehurst, NC – Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy Sypraseuth “Bud” Phouangphrachanh died on Tuesday night after contracting COVID-19.
Deputy Phouangphrachanh was notified on Sunday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the Montgomery Herald.
He was admitted to Moore Regional Hospital on Monday afternoon, and succumbed to his illness at approximately 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
Randolph County Sheriff Greg Seabolt announced Deputy Phouangphrachanh’s death in a Facebook post on Wednesday morning.
“Our deepest sympathy to our neighboring county, the officer’s family and law enforcement family at Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in the passing of SRO Bud Phouang who fought hard against the unknowns of COVID 19,” the message read.
The 43-year-old deputy served as a Candor police officer before he joined MCSO 14 years ago, Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins told WNCN.
Deputy Phouangphrachanh was a well-known and beloved member of both the MCSO and his community, the Montgomery Herald reported.
He was serving as a school resource officer at West Middle School at the time of his death.
Students described him as a kind-hearted, fun-loving mentor who wore superhero-inspired clothing that made everyone smile.
Deputy Phouangphrachanh was so popular with the students that the kids “officially proclaimed” Jan.18, 2019 as “Deputy Bud Day” in his honor, Sheriff Watkins said in a Facebook post at the time.
“When we think of School Resource Officers, we immediately think about the paramount duty of saving lives of students and teachers,” the sheriff wrote. “We may not think about the simpler things, like being a friend, mentor or a good listener for students.”
Deputy Phouangphrachanh leaves behind his wife and five children, as well as his brothers and extended family members, Sheriff Watkins told WNCN.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, as well as the families of all those throughout this world who have endured the loss of loved ones in this crisis,” the sheriff said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sypraseuth “Bud” Phouangphrachanh, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.