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Palm Beach County deputy dies from battle with COVID-19

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Posted at 8:18 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 12:16:36-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office announced the death of a sergeant battling COVID-19.

Officials said Sergeant Jose Diaz Ayala, 38, was battling other underlying health issues before he contracted COVID-19. Sgt. Diaz Ayala began his career at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in July 2006.

He was assigned to the corrections division where he worked as a corrections deputy until being promoted to sergeant in January 2016.

Sgt. Diaz Ayala is survived by three daughters, two sisters, his mother and father.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is asking for your thoughts and prayers for Sgt. Jose Diaz Ayala's friends and family.