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San Mateo County correctional officer, Iraq veteran drowns at Zephyr Cove

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Andreiam "AJ" Arqueza, drowned at Zephyr Cover in Lake Tahoe, Nevada on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Arqueza was a correctional officer for San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and an U.S. Army Iraq war veteran.

A San Mateo County correctional officer drowned Tuesday in Lake Tahoe, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada. Andreiam Arqueza, 34, was pulled from the water unresponsive at Zephyr Cove on the lake.

When responders arrived at the scene, they found bystanders performing CPR on Arqueza. He was transferred to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, where he died, sheriff’s officials said.

Arqueza, who served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Iraq war, also went by the name AJ. He had worked with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office since 2017, according to the San Mateo County Code 30 Foundation.

Arqueza is survived by his wife and two young children.

In a statement, the foundation said:

“Please keep AJ’s family and friends in your prayers as they work through this difficult time.” 

The foundation is accepting donations on behalf of Arqueza’s family. Donations can be made online at www.code30.org/donate-now or sent via mail to San Mateo County Code 30 Foundation, 2421 Broadway St., Redwood City, CA.

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