The community is mourning the death of a San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office correctional officer who drowned in Lake Tahoe Tuesday afternoon.
Andreiam Jeffrey “AJ” Arqueza, 34, was enjoying days off with friends when he drowned at Zephyr Cove, according to San Mateo County Code 30 Foundation, which raises funds to support families of fallen officers.
According to South Tahoe Now, authorities responded to a rescue call at 4:03 p.m. and pulled Arqueza from the water. Despite efforts to revive him, he died after being transported to a local hospital, the news publication said.
Arqueza was described by the Code 30 Foundation as an Iraq war veteran who worked at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office prior to joining the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office in 2017. He leaves behind his wife of seven years, Terry, and their young children ages 3 and 5.
The Code 30 Foundation is accepting tax exempt charitable donations to assist the family at this difficult time. Donations can be made online here or mailed to San Mateo County Code 30 Foundation, 2421 Broadway Street, Redwood City CA.
Photo courtesy of the Code 30 Foundation