Sergeant William James Darnell

Sergeant William James Darnell

DeWitt Township Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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William James Darnell

Sergeant Bill Darnell died as the result of complications after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.

In 2008 Sergeant Darnell was ambushed and shot point-blank in the face during a domestic disturbance call. Despite his wounds, Sergeant Darnell was able to fight back and killed his attacker. As a result of his courage, Sergeant Darnell was presented with one of the nation's Top Cop awards by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Sergeant Darnell had served with the DeWitt Township Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

Bio

  • Age 52
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, October 23, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Your smile, that cigar, and your friendship will be forever. May you rest in peace, my brother. God bless your family.

Scott Pellerito, Chief Retired
Buena Vista Twp. MI, DPS

April 30, 2021

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