Memorial service set for Kern deputy who died from COVID-19 complications

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UPDATE (10/12) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office announced the memorial service for deputy Gabriel Gonzales has been set for Friday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at Canyon Hills Church. The church is located at 7001 Auburn St.

The ceremony will be open to the public. Attendees are asked to follow the California Department of Public Health’s guidance for face coverings. Those attending the service are recommended to arrive early and carpool, if possible.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) (9/20) — Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the death of 45-year-old deputy Gabriel Gonzales last week has devastated the department.

The union representing Kern sheriff’s deputies said Monday that Gonzales died from COVID-19 complications. Kern Law Enforcement Association posted on social media that Gonzales “lost his battle with COVID-19.”

“This hits us really deeply,” Youngblood said of the death of Gabriel Gonzales in a short video posted Monday to social media.

Gonzales was an 11-year veteran of the department who spent most of that time assigned to the Frazier Park substation. Gonzales is survived by his parents, girlfriend, five children between the ages of 9 and 19, and a brother who is also a Kern deputy. A cause of death has not been released.

A memorial fund has been set up to assist his family.

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