Deputy Sheriff James Morgan

Deputy Sheriff James Morgan

Baxter County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, August 5, 2021

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James Morgan

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

Deputy Morgan had served with the Baxter County Sheriff's Office for nine years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and two granddaughters.

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 46
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 24

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 15, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff James Morgan and thank you for your service.

CBP Officer(retired), Luis R Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

November 2, 2021

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