Sergeant William Jeffery Yancey

Sergeant William Jeffery Yancey

Lake City Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, September 2, 2021

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William Jeffery Yancey

Sergeant William Yancy died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sergeant Yancy had served on the Lake City Police Department for 37 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and two grandchildren.

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 57
  • Tour 37 years
  • Badge 2211

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, August 9, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Jeff, I love you man. Thanks for being the man that you where, good job.

Wow, biggest of hearts, loving Husband and wonderful Dad, he adored all of his family.

The eulogy from his Captain and fellow officers just re-emphasized who we thought he was at home; and he showed his love and compassion, when allowed, to the communities and served and protected.

Thank you Jeff, may others know and strive to become as well loved and respected you are.

Billy Lewis

May 9, 2022

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