BRADENTON, FL – The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has announced that Fleet Mechanic Christopher Osborne, 32, has died of COVID-19. Osborne left behind a wife and four children.
Osborne joined the sheriff’s office in July 2018, according to the sheriff’s office. âHe was quickly revered by his colleagues as a brilliant mechanic, known for his innate ability to diagnose complex problems,â the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that garnered 97 comments and 189 shares.
Osborne was named Employee of the Month in 2019, when he and a colleague located and fixed an issue with the office’s electric vehicles that the manufacturer was unable to diagnose, the sheriff’s office said.
In the comments, people who knew Osborne called him an “incredibly kind soul” and “a very nice man to work with.” Another friend called him a “great man with a loving heart” who will be “sorely missed by his family and friends.” Osborne enjoyed spending time with his family, the outdoors and archery, according to the sheriff’s office.
A friend of his wife Jordan set up a GoFundMe page asking for $ 100,000 for medical and household bills. “Jordan needs our help in these trying times as she is out of work, looking after her 4 young children (ages 3 to 11) and taking care of medical and household bills,” the page says. . As of Friday afternoon, the page had raised just $ 6,925 of its goal of $ 100,000.
Like many law enforcement agencies, MCSO has been hit hard by COVID-19. On August 23, the agency reported that 60 people had tested positive, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. On August 30, MP Douglas Clark, 67, died of COVID-19, after being hospitalized for two weeks. Clark had been with the MCSO in 2008 and worked in corrections for 13 years, according to the Herald-Tribune.
News of Osborne’s death also comes at the same time that 17-year-old Aryana Santana lost her battle with COVID-19. Santana was remembered as a sympathetic and carefree member of the school directory and JROTC clubs.
As of September 22, a total of 61,644 cases have been reported in Manatee County, according to usafacts.org.
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