BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Officials with the Cameron County Sheriff’s office are paying homage to one of their own.

Longtime Chief Deputy Gus Reyna passed away Monday, leaving behind a legacy.

Reyna is described as someone who loved the sheriff’s department, a great leader, and so much more.

Reyna served in law enforcement for about 38 years. The Brownsville native was in several leadership roles such as sergeant, jail administrator, and chief deputy.

Captain Daniel Gomez with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department worked with Reyna and said he had a huge impact on his career.

“It’s sad to see, you literally grow up with the people that you work with,” Capt. Gomez told ValleyCentral.

Gomez said hearing about his passing hurts the department.

“This is one of the beauties of working with law enforcement. It’s like your second family because we take care of each other so much as far as out there in the streets. The type of calls that we get creates a bond not only with the supervisors but the patrolmen. Out in the streets and field training programs and things like that just makes it a reminder that this is our second family,” said Gomez.

Department leaders said a procession for Reyna is planned for later in the week.