Sergeant Matthew Chandler Moore

Sergeant Matthew Chandler Moore

Arkansas Highway Police, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, September 5, 2021

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Matthew Chandler Moore

Sergeant Chandler Moore died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a confirmed exposure while performing traffic-related duties at the Arkansas/Tennessee border.

Sergeant Moore served with the Arkansas Highway Patrol for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and parents.

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 34
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 5541

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 28, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I had no idea about this website. I am the oldest sister of Chandler. I am still grieving the loss of my sweet brother, my very best friend, the one and only man I ever trusted. I want to thank all of you for your kind words. This has been the hardest thing I have ever been through in my life. I never thought I would wake up each day and say aloud, "How did I get here and how do I get back?" I visit his grave at least 3 days a week. I cry for him every single day. I don't dwell on his passing like before but, he is always present. He speaks to me.....still. Someone that is very close to my brother and I sat with me at his grave a few weeks ago and said, "It says in the Bible that all the dead in Christ shall rise first, so why is he still here?" I honestly didn't know what to say until a week or so later.....I called this person and said, "He is with our Lord, his body will meet his soul when Christ returns and be made anew." He responded, "Yes, I know, but why is Chandler still here?" Ohhhhh, I see what you mean now, I said. I looked at the sad face looking at mine and said, "I feel him too, I know he is here too, and I'm not sure why, yet.....I do know that I listen to him..... I sure do miss him, more than any words ever spoken, I miss my sweet brother. Ya know, he was the ONLY one in my life that knew me and loved me anyway......Please continue to pray for us, it has changed us all and torn pieces of us away that will never mend. I showed his oldest child Sadie these kind words and she doesn't quite understand but those words are of her daddy and the smile on her face was priceless. Thank you again for taking time to reflect, it meant the world to me. I love you all!! Mary Lynn Moore-Leslie :)

Mary Lynn Moore-Leslie
Eldest Sister

June 23, 2022

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