25-year veteran Garden Grove officer dies of Coronavirus – OCRegister

A 25-year of the veteran of the Garden Grove Police Department died early Sunday, Jan. 17, more than a month after he contracted COVID-19.

Lt. John Reynolds contracted the virus in late November, and was 59 years old at the time he was pronounced dead due to complications associated with the disease, Garden Grove police said in a news release. Reynolds is survived by his wife, Jena, as well as their two adult daughters and an 18-month old son.

“John was profoundly cared for, respected, admired, and just so deeply loved by the entire community of Garden Grove,” the city’s mayor, Steve Jones, said in a statement. “His genuine love of people, especially young people, warm personality, enthusiasm, integrity, humility, never-ending support of the community, and truest commitment to law enforcement made him a hero, to me, and everyone who was privileged to know him.”

He worked his way up from the patrol division, serving as a gang officer, SWAT team member, undercover investigator and Sergeant of the GGPD’s Youth Services Unit before he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2018. His dedication to youth outreach led him to a seat on the executive board of the Garden Grove Boys and Girls Club. He was also an active volunteer with the Kiwanis Club of Greater Garden Grove.

The Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce named Reynolds “Man of the Year” in 2019. The longtime public servant was recognized by his department as Officer of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and earned the Garden Grove Medal of Merit in 2014 for his work Garden Grove Unified School District in 2014.

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The GGPD, Orange County District 1 Supervisor Andrew Do and Garden Grove City Councilman George Brietigam thanked Reynolds for his contributions to the community.  They also extended condolences to his loved ones.

“His loss will be felt by so many who knew him as a generous man and a pillar of his community,” Do said on social media Sunday.


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