Detective Sergeant Stephen R. Desfosses

Detective Sergeant Stephen R. Desfosses

Norton Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Stephen R. Desfosses

Detective Sergeant Stephen Desfosses died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a confirmed exposure while on duty.

Sergeant Desfosses had served with the Norton Police Department for 30 years. He is survived by his wife and four 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 52
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge S4

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 8, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I just looked up the Norton PD as part of a background investigation on an academy candidate. I noticed that you had lost an officer last year about this time, and as a small department, I know that is probably still very painful. It brought a tear to my eye, as we also lost an officer in January of 2009, and I had just been to a memorial at his grave site several weeks prior. I had never considered the number of officers who had died from COVID, but this was an eye opener. While I didn't know this individual personally, I'm sure he was a good man, who dedicated 30 years to the citizens of your city, just to be taken as he was ready to begin his retirement. My condolences to your department and his family.

Detective J Davis, ret.
culver city police department

February 9, 2022

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