Sergeant Parnell Laroy Guyton

Sergeant Parnell Laroy Guyton

University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, July 31, 2020

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Parnell Laroy Guyton

Sergeant Parnell Guyton died after contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty.

Sergeant Guyton had served with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and son.


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 600 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.

Bio

  • Age 47
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, March 27, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Alabama Concerns of Police Survivors
Mother of Officer David L Curtis, Tampa PD
EOW 6/29/2010

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