Deputy Sheriff Sypraseuth Phouangphrachanh
Montgomery County (NC) S.O.
End of Watch: March 31, 2020
Deputy Sheriff Sypraseuth Phouangphrachanh served as a School Resource Officer in a school district that experienced four employees who were positive for COVID-19 but were asymptomatic at the onset of the outbreak prior to the closing of all schools. Deputy Sheriff Phouangphrachanh returned to the department the next week after school closings and performed law enforcement/sheriff duties. The next week he fell ill and eventually was placed on a ventilator after suffering respiratory distress. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund recognizes that our officers on the front lines are increasingly vulnerable to contracting the COVID-19 virus, and we are committed to performing the research required to determine how COVID-19 is impacting line-of-duty deaths.