LYNN COUNTY, Texas — Lynn County Sheriff Abraham Vega died Saturday from COVID-19, according to the Texas Chief Deputy’s Association.

The TDCA posted on Facebook July 7 that Vega was positive for COVID-19 and had been airlifted to a hospital in Dallas after two weeks in a Lubbock hospital. He spent nine of those days in Lubbock on a ventilator.

Lynn County Judge Mike Braddock released a statement Monday regarding Vega’s death.

“On behalf of the Lynn County Commissioner’s Court and myself, we are deeply saddened by the loss of our Sheriff, Abraham Vega. Abraham was not only a kind hearted, genuine man, but also a pillar of our community and county. His work as the Lynn County Sheriff didn’t go unnoticed, everyone around him knew that was his passion. He has served as a law enforcement officer in the county for many years, but Sheriff was the title that fit him best. We will miss his friendship and leadership dearly. We would like to send our condolences to his family and loved ones.”