John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford

From the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) shared the news about the passing of
Sergeant James LaRue of the Department of Corrections. LaRue passed away early Saturday morning from complications of COVID-19.

Sergeant James LaRue of the Department of Corrections, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office

LaRue began his service with the SCSO in 1999 as a Detention Deputy Trainee. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2010. During his career, he received many recognitions, including a Life Saving Award in 2017. Additionally, LaRue served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1996.

In a memorandum to the members of the SCSO, Sheriff Dennis Lemma stated, in part, “Sgt. LaRue was a beloved member of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and served a majority of his career working the B-Pod. He was loved by his colleagues, and he was also very popular among JEPCF inmates, working closely with those inmates suffering from mental health issues.”

Although it is not believed that LaRue contracted COVID-19 while working at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, the SCSO will treat his passing as a Line of Duty Death, consistent with the provisions in the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act of 2020 (S. 3067).

The SCSO asks that you please keep the LaRue family and all of the members of the SCSO
in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. LaRue was a beloved member of the agency and will be deeply missed.

No additional information is expected to be released regarding the passing of LaRue at this time.

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