Volusia County school guardian dies of COVID-19

The Volusia County school community has lost a valued member due to COVID-19.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood announced that former Daytona Beach police Officer Steven Copsidas passed away early Tuesday morning due to COVID-19. 

Copsidas was a school guardian at Horizon Elementary School since 2018 and "was a valued and beloved member of the team," Chitwood said on Facebook. 

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Chitwood says Copsidas served his community as a dedicated police officer with Daytona Beach Police Department from 1989-2009.

"My heart goes out to the Copsidas family, friends and colleagues, and I will always be grateful for his service to our community!"

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