Detective Rodney Lane Mooneyham

Detective Rodney Lane Mooneyham

Denton Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Rodney Lane Mooneyham

Detective Rodney Mooneyham died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Detective Mooneyham was a United States Army veteran. He had served with the Denton Police Department for almost 11 years. He had previously served with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office for 10 months, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office for seven months, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department for four years. Detective Mooneyham is survived by his wife and two 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 52
  • Tour 16 years, 3 months
  • Badge 1121
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, September 16, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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