Jesús Gayoso Rey
Jesús Gayoso Rey
|Birth name||Jesús Gayoso Rey|
|Born||26 April 1971|
Mieres, Asturias, Spain
|Died||March 27, 2020 (aged 48)|
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Spain|
|Service/||Spanish Civil Guard|
|Years of service||1996–2020|
|Commands held||Head of the Rapid Action Group|
Chief of Haro lockdown during coronavirus pandemic in Spain
He was born in the Asturian town of Mieres in 1971, but soon moved with his family to La Coruña, where he passed his first years. He was the son of a Civil Guard and was married. He died March 27, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.
In 1991, he joined the Zaragoza General Military Academy, where he graduated as a lieutenant in July 1996. That same year and after successfully completing the special training course, he was assigned to the 1st Company of the Rapid Action Group (Grupo de Acción Rápida, GAR), based in Bilbao, where his unit participated in ETA's fight against terrorism. When he was promoted to captain he put himself in charge of the 3rd Company of Navarra, and later, between 2001 and 2007, he directed the 2nd Company of San Sebastián, based in Inchaurrondo.
As commander, he was assigned to the General Staff of the Directorate-General of the Civil Guard, where he remained between 2009 and 2014. Finally, he returned as Chief of GAR, the elite unit of the Civil Guard, where he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
During his professional career, he participated in several humanitarian missions abroad, being assigned to the mission in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2010, and in countries such as Tunisia, Belarus, Mauritania, Niger, Turkey, Bulgaria, Chile, Israel, Iraq, Finland, Romania, Honduras and Morocco. He was appointed as leader of the European Union project GARSI-Sahel where police from African countries similar to GAR are trained. His last commission was in Niger, where he was deployed with a Company of Gendarmes on the dangerous border with Mali.
2020 Haro lockdownEdit
After the end of ETA, the GAR headquarters was established in Logroño. La Rioja is one of the regions of Spain hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first weeks, one of the main outbreaks was located in the Rioja town of Haro. To contain the disease, the GAR in that municipality, did security and disinfection tasks. Simultaneously, Lt. Col. Jesús Gayoso contracted the disease, being admitted to the ICU of the San Pedro de Logroño Hospital, although he was not physically deployed in Haro.
On 27 March 2020, when in Spain there were 64,059 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease and 4,858 deaths, the Ministry of the Interior in a statement announced the death of the Civil Guard which made it the fourth fatality within the security corps due to coronavirus disease. His death shocked all the Security Forces and Corps, organizing a spontaneous tribute at 20 hours on the day of his death by members of the National Police Force and of the Local Police in the barracks where the deceased agent had his last destination, coinciding with the applause for the emrgency personnel that are repeated throughout the country.
- 10 Crosses with white insignia to the merit of the Civil Guard.
- 3 Silver Crosses to the merit of the Civil Guard.
- Order of Civil Merit (2018)
- Order of Police Merit
- Cross of Aeronautical Merit
- Cross of Military Merit
- 1 Medal of Merit in the Afghanistan Campaign by the US Armed Forces.
- 1 Commendable Service Medal of the Army of the Armed Forces.
- 1 Bronze Medal of the French National Defense.
- 7 individual congratulations.
- Muere el gallego Jesús Gayoso, jefe del GAR de la Guardia Civil (in Spanish)
- Un mito del GAR, el cuerpo que contribuyó a reinventar (in Spanish)
- Fallece el jefe del GARde la Guardia Civil víctima del coronavirus (in Spanish)
- Fallece el teniente coronel del GAR, Jesús Gayoso, por coronavirus (in Spanish)
- Muere por coronavirus el teniente coronel que lideraba los GAR de la Guardia Civil (in Spanish)
- Haro, ciudad fantasma y nuevo foco de coronavirus de La Rioja (in Spanish)
- El GAR se despliega en Haro para ayudar a contener el brote de coronavirus (in Spanish)
- Los guardias del GAR envían un mensaje de ánimo a su jefe, grave y en la UCI (in Spanish)
- El jefe del GAR de la Guardia Civil que está grave en la uci es gallego (in Spanish)
- Lamentamos comunicar el fallecimiento de Jesús, jefe del Grupo de Acción Rápida #GAR, víctima del #COVID19 Nuestro corazón está junto a sus familiares, amigos y compañeros. Descansa en paz, Hermano...nunca olvidaremos tu ejemplo (in Spanish)
- Fallece por Covid-19 el jefe de la unidad de élite de la Guardia Civil (in Spanish)
- La Policía homenajea al jefe del GAR de la Guardia Civil muerto por COVID-19 (in Spanish)
- El sentido homenaje a Jesús Gayoso, el jefe de los GAR de la Guardia Civil fallecido por coronavirus (in Spanish)
- Así era Jesús Gayoso, teniente coronel fallecido con coronavirus en Logroño (in Spanish)
- "Los 40 años de Constitución son los mejores años de nuestra historia" (in Spanish)