Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Alexander Howell

Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Alexander Howell

Henry County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, January 3, 2021

Add to My Heroes

Nicholas Alexander Howell

Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Howell died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty.

Deputy Howell had served in law enforcement for 13 years having served with the Henry County Sheriff's Department, Jenkins County Sheriff's Department, Georgia Southern Police Department, CCA Correction Facility, and the Department of Juvenile Justice. He is survived by his wife and six 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 36
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 757

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, December 18, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

Most Recent Reflection

View all 53 Reflections

My best friend, my big brother from another mother, my FTO at Jenkins County Sheriffs office. It’s almost been a year since you passed away. I still miss you bro each and everyday. My prayers still go out to your family and I know you are still with us in our hearts.

Investigator Jeren Fullmore
Pearson Police Department

December 26, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.