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.

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.


  • 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 worked with Officer Reighard as a civilian in the Iowa Great Lakes area while serving with the Spirit Lake Protective Association following retirement. Steve, like most fish and game officers, was responsible for a wide range of activity in, on and around Big Spirit Lake in Dickinson County. He was always courteous, prompt and complete in whatever task we posed to him. Whether it was patrol work in association with the July 3rd fireworks celebration on the lake or responding to recurrent legal issues somewhere within our impacted area, we could count on getting completion of the task once we asked Officer Reighard. Public service is a difficult task. The balance between being liked, respected and being truly effective is a difficult one. Officer Reighard had learned that balance and applied it daily. He will be missed by many. Rest in Peace. Thank you for your service.

John F. Smeltzer, retired Asst. Director
Colorado Division of Wildlife, Field Operations

March 25, 2021

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