Sergeant Kuo-sheng "Johnny" Wang

Sergeant Kuo-sheng "Johnny" Wang

South Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, August 19, 2021

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Kuo-sheng "Johnny" Wang

Sergeant Johnny Wang died from complications of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Wang served with the South Houston Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three 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 20 years
  • Badge 104

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, August 2, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I worked directly with Johnny for several years when I worked for South Houston EMS. He was one of the funniest officers I’ve had the privilege to work with. He was always willing to give us a hand and provide us backup every time we needed it. RIP Johnny.

Travis Cloud
Highlands Fire Department

May 19, 2023

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