Corrections Officer Daniel Glenn Oaks

Corrections Officer Daniel Glenn Oaks

Yakima County Department of Corrections, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, August 1, 2020

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Daniel Glenn Oaks

Corrections Officer Dan Oaks died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmates at the Yakima County Jail.

Officer Oaks had served with the Yakima County Department of Corrections for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Dear Officer Oaks,
You made the ultimate sacrifice in a career so many take for granted and don't appreciate. You are a hero and your family is as well. Thank you for your in peace brother!

To Officer Oaks wife and children,
Praying for you all and know we care for you all! His service and yours matters to us! We will not forget your sacrifice! Our deepest sympathies!

To the Yakima County Officers,
Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your brother! Be safe and stay well! We appreciate you! We back the blue!

Ret. Police/ County Corrections Officer

November 18, 2020

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