Everman police are mourning the loss of one of their own this morning. Officer Alex Arango, a 27-year veteran with the department, died due to complications with COVID-19.
He contracted the virus in the line of duty. Everman Police Chief Craig Spencer says he responded to what was later determined to be "a COVID positive" house. Spencer says Arango didn't start feeling symptoms until nearly a week later. Soon after, he was admitted into Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest in Fort Worth.
Arango spent a week in intensive care, and was eventually placed on a ventilator. He died early this morning.
"To have this happen to us … it feels like a nightmare I can't wake up from," says Spencer. "It's just something I don't think any of us would have ever fathomed we'd have to deal with."
A crowd gathered this morning to honor Arango as his body was transported from the hospital. His family was also in attendance.
Yesterday, the family released the following statement on social media:
The love and support we have received from the community has been a blessing for my whole family, it has regained our strength to be strong for my brother Officer Alex Arango and my mom, Carmen Arango. On behalf of Alex family, his kids, my siblings we are very grateful for the outpouring of prayers we are receiving and those who have donated as their way to show support. May God bless each of you and we are standing as one God sent his healing angels over the hospital last night.
The family also included a link to a GoFundMe, which has raised thousands of dollars. Arango's brother updated the page's statement today, saying his brother "fought a good fight" and the family appreciates the outpouring of love and support.