Police Chief Donald Hall

Police Chief Donald Hall

Magnolia Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, September 26, 2021

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Donald Hall

Police Chief Donald Hall died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Chief Hall had served with the Magnolia Police Department for 12 years and had previously served with the Warsaw Police Department for 11 years and the Duplin Sheriff's Office for two years. He is survived by his three 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 50
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 701

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 28, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Today, 5/15/2022, I laid a rose for you in the wreath during the Peace Officers Memorial Service. It was an honor to remember and honor your life during this time. Be at ease sir. We’ll take the watch from here.

Deputy Michael Greenway
New Hanover County Sheriffs Office

May 15, 2022

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