Community honors reserve police officer who died of COVID-19 complications

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Sgt. Louis “Lou” Livatino died last week at age 71

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The life of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Sgt. Louis “Lou” Livatino was celebrated Friday morning at a funeral service at North Jacksonville Baptist Church.

Livatino, 71, died Jan. 27 following a tough battle with COVID-19 complications, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Before the service began, his wife of 11 years, Sheryl Livatino stepped out of the church with a message to the community on COVID-19.

“He was a wonderful husband and many things to many people. Lou said he took all the necessary COVID precautions, so if it could happen to Lou, it could happen to anybody,” Mrs. Livatino said.

Livatino was described as a dedicated family man who volunteered his time on the JSO Honor Guard and countless assignments assisting patrol functions, sometimes working as much or more than full-time officers.

According to JSO, Livatino had volunteered with the police auxiliary for 10 years.

“Each year, he did 3,000 hours. He did 1,000 just in investigations alone,” said JSO Public Information Officer Cheyenne Snyder. “He was an auxiliary sergeant with JSO which is a volunteer position. He is sworn just like other law enforcement officers. He shows up for free and puts his well being at risk for free.”

The Sheriff’s Office said his passing is considered a line-of-duty death.

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