Conservation Officer Steven Reighard

Conservation Officer Steven Reighard

Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, January 8, 2021

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Steven Reighard

Conservation Officer Steve Reighard died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure while on duty.

Officer Reighard had served with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for 16 years and was assigned to Dickinson County. 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 59
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge C 372

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I’ve knew Steve my whole life. My dad and him were the best of friends and I always knew if I needed something, DNR related or not, I could call up Steve and he’d be there. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year and a half already. I miss him. I know he’s happy to be with his daughter and I can’t wait to meet him again at the gates of heaven. Godspeed Steve.

Josh Winebrinner
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May 31, 2022

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