COVID-19 claims life of beloved deputy

School Resource Office Bud Phouang died last night due to complications of COVID-19.

Shortly after nine p.m. last night, Bud Phouang lost his battle with COVID-19. 

Phouang, a resident of Candor, was a husband, son, father and brother. He was well-known and loved in the community by his coworkers at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and by the many West Middle School students he mentored over the years, while serving as a School Resource Officer. Photos of Phouang with students flooded social media last night as word spread of his death. 

Phouang was alerted Sunday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was transported to Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst on Monday afternoon. 

In a feature story on Phouang published in the Herald last June, Phouang was quoted as saying, he tried to do at least one good deed a day.

Students at West Middle will remember Phouang as the fun loving, kind hearted man that was often sporting Super Heroes attire.

Montgomery County has five additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. Cases are located on both sides of the county with the west side’s being hit the hardest.