HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A Harris County sheriff deputy has died from complications related to COVID-19, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
Deputy Joshua Sieman died Thursday morning, the sheriff said. He was 39.
"Our deepest condolences go out to Deputy Sieman’s entire family, colleagues, and friends in this most difficult time," Gonzalez tweeted.
A GoFundMe campaign set up to support his wife and family shows the officer had a long hospital battle. Sieman had already been in the hospital for two weeks and was on a ventilator when the fundraiser was launched on Sept. 21, according to the organizers.
"He's as strong as they come," the post read in part. "...this illness is harsh on the body, soul and family."
The GoFundMe campaign appears to have been set up by a group of his fellow officers and continues to collect donations as of Thursday.
At least six Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies have died from the virus after the department lost deputy Shaun Waters in August.