Corporal Robert Wayne Nicholson

Corporal Robert Wayne Nicholson

Clark County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, September 26, 2021

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Robert Wayne Nicholson

Corporal Robert Nicholson died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an interview with a COVID-19 positive suspect in the 100 block of Robyn Avenue in Henryville.

Corporal Nicholson had served with the Clark County Sheriff's Office for over five years and had previously served with the Charlestown Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 84

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 19, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Cprl. R.W. Nicholson was my youngest Son. We are proud of the time he served as a Peace Officer. He is so very missed & much loved. His Legacy will live through his Daughters, Family & Friends. I love you my Son.

Marcy Nicholson Longest

October 3, 2022

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