Alameda sheriff names second COVID-19 victim

OAKLAND — The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office shared additional details this weekend about its loss of another member to COVID-19 late last week.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office officials mourned the loss Friday, July 24, 2020 of sheriff’s Technician Valerie Leon to complications from COVID-19. Leon was 61, officials said. (Courtesy Alameda County Sheriff’s Office) 

In a statement Saturday following Friday’s disclosure, the department said Valerie Leon, 61, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kaiser Medical Center in Modesto.

Leon, who joined the sheriff’s office in 1997, worked assignments at Oakland’s Rene C. Davidson Courthouse and the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau, where she was on duty during the pandemic, officials said.

“Once again it is with a heavy heart we must announce the passing of one of our own,” Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern said.

“Valerie was just a wonderful and loving person with a bright smile. She loved her job, community, family and friends. We are truly heartbroken at her passing.”

Leon is survived by her son Brandon Perez and his wife Sarah Perez. her son Frank Perez and his wife Josephine Perez, and her son Michael Leon, as well as 13 adored grandchildren.

Services for Leon are pending, officials said.

The sheriff’s department was already mourning the loss of deputy Oscar Rocha, who died Thursday of COVID-19-related complications at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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