Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Pedro Romo, who was assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station as a school resource officer for Valencia High School, died Sunday, according to the station’s social media.
Here’s more from a Facebook post just after noon on Monday:
“Our station is currently mourning the loss of one of our own. It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Deputy Pedro Romo, a 25-year veteran with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station as a school resource officer for Valencia High School.
“Deputy Romo was a great partner, family man and friend. He always managed to bring spirit to the station with a smile and positive attitude, as well as took pride in providing security to students. Aside from being a school resource officer, Deputy Romo also assisted with our station’s off road team.
“He will be greatly missed, and always remembered. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Thank you, sir, for your service; we got it from here.
“Deputy Pedro Romo E.O.W. 02/14/21.”
Romo’s wife Natalie set up a GoFundMe page Monday morning which included the following message:
“Deputy Pedro ‘Pete’ Romo has been a beloved part of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station since 2004 when he first joined the station on patrol after being hired by LASD nine years earlier,” the fund’s description reads.
“During his time at the station, Pete has touched the lives of so many, including his partners with whom he worked patrol, rode department dirt bikes on off-road operations, and functioned as a school deputy at our local Valencia High School for thirteen years.
“After contracting COVID-19 in December of 2020, Pete fell ill and ended up in the hospital, where he ultimately passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021.
“On Valentine’s Day, he left behind his wife Natalie and Marko, Sean, and Natalia, their three children, who are in shock and heartbroken by the sudden and unexpected loss of their loving husband and father.
“Our goal is to raise well over $45,000 in the upcoming weeks, in an effort to support Pete’s family during their time of need. We are one LASD family and Pete will not be forgotten.”
The crowdfunding effort had tallied $26,438 toward the goal as of 2:45 Monday afternoon, after seven hours.