Memorial service held for LCSO deputy who died of COVID complications

Reporter: Andrea Guerrero Writer: Melissa Montoya
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A memorial service was held Saturday morning for LCSO Deputy Mazzotta, who died from COVID complications earlier this week. (CREDIT: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

Steven Mazzotta was a caring uncle, a role model and a great friend.

That’s how Mazzotta, a deputy who died of COVID-19 complications, was remembered by friends, family and the law enforcement on Saturday during a memorial service held at CenturyLink Sports Complex.

Mazzotta, an 18-year veteran of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, worked in the Corrections Bureau.

Lee County Deputy First Class Steven Mazzotta. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Mazzotta is one of more than 20 law enforcement officials who have died in Florida due to COVID complications.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Officer Down Memorial Page reports 344 officers have died from COVID.

“This is a man who absolutely dedicated to preserver law and order,” said Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “Deputy Mazzotta lived by the badge.”

Marceno honored Mazzotta by posthumously promoting him to sergeant during the service.

“You will be missed brother,” Marceno said.

Marceno said there’s nothing you can prepare for and there’s nothing you can say to the family to change what happened.

Steve’s nephew Sgt. Fortunato β€œFred” Mazzotta, also an LCSO deputy, thanked the public for their condolences.

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