Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – We will always remember Sgt. Raymond Scholwinski

Our hearts are heavy because we’ve lost our friend and teammate, Sgt. Raymond Scholwinski, who died May 6 after falling ill from COVID-19. He was 70-years-old and a 39-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife, Rynda Scholwinski, and four adult children. He was laid to rest on Thursday with his loving family and friends in attendance.

Raymond’s character and dedication to the community were astonishing. He served 14 years as a volunteer deputy in the Sheriff’s Office Reserves. In 1993, he accepted a full-time entry-level position as a detention officer. From there, he worked his way to patrol where he served with dignity and distinction until his final days. Most recently, Raymond served as a deputy in District two. He was made for the job. He showed genuine compassion to everyone he encountered.

Please continue to pray for his family and loved ones during this tremendously sad and difficult time. Donations for Sgt. Scholwinski’s family may be made in his name to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Benevolence Association, or through this GoFundMe Charity page.

Raymond was a great teammate, an incredible family man, and a wonderful person. We will miss him and forever keep him and his family in our hearts. Your brothers and sisters in blue have the watch from here.

As we celebrate National Police Week, I want to acknowledge and thank those currently protecting our communities. We value service, sacrifices, and dedication. Today we also celebrate Peace Officers Memorial Day, and should all take a moment to remember and honor those courageous men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty.

In memory of our fallen heroes, our Honor Guard organized a virtual Memorial Service. Click here to watch the service and here to learn more about our fallen heroes. Let us never forget their sacrifice and live in a way that brings honor to our fallen heroes.

Stay Safe

As we continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to thank our residents for your hopeful spirit as we move forward. Please remember if you need help or advice dealing with the pandemic, visit If you don’t have internet access please call 211. There are programs in place to assist with basic needs including housing, food, and healthcare.

The Harris County Public Health encourages residents to get tested for COVID-19 if you feel you have it or have been in contact with someone who tested positive. Click here for more information about the free testing.

Lately, my team has seen far too many car accidents. We implore you to please use your seat belt and car seats. Before you start your vehicle, make sure everyone in the car is buckled up and your children are in their car seats. Inspect your child’s car seat to make sure it’s properly installed. SAFE KIDS Greater Houston is offering a virtual car seat check. Call 832-822-2277 or click here for more information. Check out some safety tips from Sgt. Cabrera and please buckle up, and secure your children in the correct car seat.

To all of our residents, I appreciate all of your support for our agency as we continue to serve and protect you and your families. God bless you, and God bless the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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