Detention Officer Tara Leanne Cook

Detention Officer Tara Leanne Cook

Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, September 4, 2021

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Tara Leanne Cook

Detention Officer Tara Cook died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while working as the admissions officer for the Whitefield County Jail at 805 Professional Boulevard in Dalton.

Officer Cook had served with the Whitefield County Sheriff's Office for over three and years. She is survived by her husband, parents, brother, and sister.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 3 years, 5 months
  • Badge 734

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 21, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19


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