2nd MS Sheriff dies within a week, deaths tied to COVID-19

Published 8:32 am Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday the death of Sheriff Mark D. Fulco.

According to the department’s social media post, Fulco died around 1 p.m. from complications of COVID-19 and pneumonia.

“Sheriff Fulco was a fearless advocate of the Sheriff’s Department and the citizens that he served.  A career law enforcement officer, Sheriff Fulco made many friends and touched many lives,” the YCSD said in the post.

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Fulco’s death came six days after the death of Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance, who was found non-responsive at his home Aug. 4 and pronounced dead by medical personnel. Vance had tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks earlier and his death was linked to complications from the virus.

The deaths occurred during the “fourth wave” of coronavirus COVID-19 as the delta variant spreads rapidly. The virus is “sweeping over Mississippi like a tsunami,” according to state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 3,488 new cases Tuesday, the highest number of positive cases on a single day since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Fulco was honored Tuesday night in a “sea of blue” as law enforcement officers escorted his body from Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven to a funeral home in Water Valley.