Hero Down: Riverside County Deputy David Werksman Dies From Coronavirus
Riverside, CA – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) Deputy David Werksman died on Thursday night after contracting COVID-19.
The 51-year-old deputy served the RCSD for 22 years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“We are saddened to announce the death of Deputy David Werksman, most recently assigned to Sheriff’s Admin,” the department tweeted on Friday. “Deputy Werksman passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.”
He died just hours after his coworker, RCSD Deputy Terrell Young, also succumbed to the novel coronavirus.
During a press conference on Friday afternoon, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said that Deputy Werksman and Deputy Young did not work together, and that they had no contact with one another.
Deputy Werksman was ill for nearly three weeks prior to his death, Sheriff Bianco said.
He was examined at a hospital approximately two weeks after he initially contracted the virus, and was sent home with antibiotics.
His wife transported him back to the hospital about one week ago when his symptoms became even more severe, at which point he was admitted.
"His death due to COVID-19 is the latest excruciating loss as a result of the silent killer COVID-19 for our Association and the law enforcement community," the Riverside Sheriff’s Association (RSA) told KABC in a statement. "His death is a grim reminder of the risks that our members face every day, serving the public in the face of this pandemic."
RSA President Bill Young said that as first responders, both deputies “served on the front lines” against an “invisible beast,” the New York Times reported.
“They both demonstrated in this crisis and every day their dedication and sacrifice,” Young continued. “Their tragic deaths are a stark reminder of why we need the public to stay at home and to take this deadly virus seriously.”
“Please – help us help you and stay inside unless absolutely necessary,” he implored.
After joining RCSD in April of 1998, Deputy Werksman spent time working at the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Jurupa Valley Station, the Hazardous Device Team, and the Lake Elsinore Station, WABC reported.
He was most recently assigned to sheriff’s administration.
Deputy Werksman leaves behind his wife and his three adult children.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones during this difficult time,” the sheriff’s office said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputy David Werksman, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.