Police Officer David A. Horton

Police Officer David A. Horton

Darien Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, September 11, 2021

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David A. Horton

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

Officer Horton had served with the Darien Police Department and had previously served with the Long County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by 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 45
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 107

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 17, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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May God give you peace in your hearts for David's loss. To David's family and those in Blue, I will keep you in my prayers. I also lost my son that day.
"Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God." Matthew 5:9.

Debbie Crouch
Navarre, FL

Debbie Crouch
Mom of fallen Clifford Crouch, fallen the same day.

January 5, 2022

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