Park county deputy dies of Hantavirus

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Deputy Joseph Hamilton

PARK COUNTY, Colo. — A sheriff’s deputy in Park County has died after catching Hantavirus, deputies said Thursday.

Deputy Joseph Hamilton was 29 and in good health before he was infected, said Undersheriff Monte Gore.

“Our department was taken back by the news,” Gore said. “Sheriff Wegener and the staff of the Park County Sheriff’s Office offer our most sincere condolences to Deputy Hamilton’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

Gore said Hamilton had just bought a house in South Eastern Park County. He had been working to clean up sheds and out buildings on the property.

Hantavirus is spread in rodent droppings and Hamilton likely was infected that way, Gore said.

A memorial service is still being planned.