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Hero Down: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Reynolds Dies After Suffering Cardiac Arrest

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Deputy Thomas Reynolds died unexpectedly on June 9 after suffering cardiac arrest.

Deputy Reynolds began his law enforcement career in October of 2017, when he was hired by the LASD as a corrections deputy, longtime friend and former coworker George Barroso told The Police Tribune.

Deputy Reynolds was a member of LASD Class 424.

He later spent approximately one year working on the department’s Custody and Court Services Division Operation Safe Jails in 2019, according to Barroso.

Both deputies began patrol school in late 2020 and were subsequently assigned to LASD Century Station.

In addition to his work as a public servant, Deputy Reynolds also operated his own security company, Barroso said.

Prior to his law enforcement career, Deputy Reynolds served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003 until 2008.

He was a member of Alpha Company 1st Recon Battalion and deployed to Iraq on two occasions during his military service, according to Barroso.

Barroso said Deputy Reynolds was incredibly generous and always pushed himself and others to “be better.”

“He was always willing to help. What was his was yours,” he told The Police Tribune. “And if ever something didn’t go his way, he would simply say, ‘good.’ The reason for that is he always believed that there was time and room for improvement and that he could do better.”

Deputy Reynolds leaves behind his wife, Yoojin, as well as his sons, 17-year-old Tommy, nine-year-old Tristan, and three-year-old Hunter, according to a fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of their tragic loss.

Donors have contributed more than $11,000 to the fundraising effort so far.

Deputy Reynolds will be laid to rest on June 30.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Thomas Reynolds, 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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