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Hernando County deputy died Saturday after weeks in hospital

Sergeant Louis “Lou” Genovese, a deputy since 2006, was 41.

BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County sheriff’s sergeant died Saturday night after struggling for weeks with an undisclosed medical condition, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sergeant Louis “Lou” Genovese, a deputy since 2006, was unexpectedly hospitalized three weeks ago. Doctors were unable to correct the issue, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He died surrounded by family, friends and colleagues. He was 41.

Genovese graduated from Springstead High School in 1996 and received a baccalaureate degree in biblical studies from Zion Bible College. He was working on a Master’s degree.

The Sheriff’s Office described Genovese as “a gentle giant with a smile that stretched from ear to ear, who always had a kind word and a welcoming hug."

“Lou was a man of God, who was loved and respected by his coworkers, his friends, and his family. This is a heart wrenching loss," said Sheriff Al Nienhuis. "I genuinely looked forward to him taking on additional responsibilities in the years to come. The silver lining is that Lou left a legacy and example that will have a positive impact on the agency for many years to come.”