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TCSO: Cold Case Task Force Volunteer Passes Due to COVID-19

Posted at 12:03 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 20:10:18-04

TULSA, Okla. — According to a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Facebook post, a volunteer for the Cold Case Task Force passed away on Wednesday from coronavirus.

The TCSO post says" This week TCSO lost a valued and beloved volunteer for our Cold Case Task Force. Joanne Emmons succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday."

Joanne Emmons volunteered as a minute keeper for the Cold Case Task Force; her husband, Jerry Emmons, is also a member of the Cold Case Task Force.

2 Works for You spoke with Sheriff Regalado with the Tulsa County Sheriffs Office.

He tells us they were both original members of the unit when the Cold Case Task Force was created about five years ago.

“She was a volunteer, she came in on her own time and to give back to the citizens of Tulsa County," Sheriff Regalado said. "We will forever be indebted to her. It’s such a devastating time.”

Joanne and Jerry Emmons were married for more than a few decades.

"The fact that she left behind her beloved husband of 35 plus years," Sheriff Regalado said. "For Jerry, there is just a list of devastating things that have happened to him in the last year.

She left an imprint on those she worked with.

“They are all going to miss her presence," Sheriff Regalado said. "She was always there, and again she was always someone who kept everything upbeat, she kept everything in organized in a task force that really because the nature of the work they were doing, could be quite chaotic day to day.”

As Tulsan's everywhere continue to fight the coronavirus, the Sheriff says he hopes the city will wrap it's arms around those losing family and friends, gone too soon.

“I know and truly believe if Joanna was here she would say, hey don’t stop the work of the task force," Sheriff Regalado. "Don’t give up during this pandemic. Really, fight forward.”

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