SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy who died of complications from COVID-19 in April will have a public visitation service on Wednesday.
The BCSO will host the visitation for Timothy De La Fuente at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South, located at 1700 SE Military Drive. The visitation will begin at 5 p.m. with a 7 p.m prayer service.
The viewing will be streamed to a screen outside the funeral home to accommodate people who are unable to be inside the chapel due to available space and social distancing measures.
Attendees are asked to wear a mask.
De La Fuente, a 27-year BCSO veteran, was tested for COVID-19 on April 28, Sheriff Javier Salazar said. De La Fuente called in sick the next two days. His wife told KSAT that on the morning of April 30, she was going to take De La Fuente to the emergency room because he was experiencing shortness of breath, but she decided to call for an ambulance instead. De La Fuente stopped breathing before EMS arrived. The deputy died in his home at the age of 53.
BCSO held a procession and honor escort for the fallen deputy in May.
Funeral arrangements for De La Fuente are still pending.