Deputy Sheriff Ray William McCrary, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Ray William McCrary, Jr.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, July 20, 2021

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Ray William McCrary, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Ray McCrary died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty.

Deputy McCrary had served with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office for 24 years and was assigned to the Civil/Levy Division. He is survived by his wife, two children, and one grandson.

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 24 years
  • Badge S4399

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 1, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Deputy McCrary,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

August 22, 2021

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