Police Officer Stephen Jones

Police Officer Stephen Jones

Barnwell Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, September 12, 2021

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Stephen Jones

Police Officer Stephen Jones died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Jones was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Barnwell Police Department for two months. He had served with the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office and the Blackwell Police Department. Officer Jones is survived by his wife and five 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 35
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  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

COVID-19, communicable disease

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My brother, it was an honor serving with you in the Marine Corps. You were an amazing person who could lift the spirits of many. Semper Fi, Marine.

Patrol Officer Joshua Rivas

October 9, 2022

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