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Hero Down: Jefferson County Deputy Sandra Gomez Dies After Medical Emergency

Beaumont, TX – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Deputy Sandra Gomez died on Oct. 8, after suffering a sudden medical emergency, according to her department.

The 37-year-old deputy was admitted to Baptist Hospital on Oct. 4 after the unspecified medical issue occurred, the JCSO said in a Facebook post.

“The Doctors and Staff of Baptist Hospital that attended to Sandra were compassionate, kind and very helpful through this difficult time,” the department noted.

Deputy Gomez passed away four days later.

She began her career in criminal justice immediately after graduating from West Brook Senior High School, according to her obituary.

Deputy Gomez spent more than 13 years working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice “in various capacities from Correctional Officer to Sergeant,” the tribute read.

In 2019, at the age of 36, she achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a JCSO deputy.

“Enduring the Sheriff Academy was a huge sacrifice that Sandra met with unmatched optimism and perseverance,” her obituary read. “Sandra never gave up. She knew she was just where she needed to be.”

Deputy Gomez’s friends from the academy soon became her family, as did her JCSO colleagues.

She was everyone’s “favorite person,” and was “excited to come to work” each day, according to her department.

“She was smart, witty and very funny!” the JCSO said. “Sandra loved her job… Her wonderful and very large family took in her Blue family like we are their own. To the Gomez/Alfaro family…We love you!”

Deputy Gomez married her high school sweetheart, Zotero Gomez, according to her obituary.

She also leaves behind her three children, 14-year-old Nevaeh, 12-year-old Nalani, and four-year-old Adan.

“Sandra is a beautiful person both inside and out, who could light up an entire room with her beautiful smile and infectious laugh,” her obituary read. “Sandra touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with in the most positive way. Her family and friends will remember her as a loving, loyal, and compassionate person. Those who know and love her will miss her here on earth but will carry her in a special place in their hearts forever.”

Deputy Gomez will be laid to rest on Tuesday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sandra Gomez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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