Deputy Sheriff Clay Zachary Livingston

Deputy Sheriff Clay Zachary Livingston

Elbert County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, December 3, 2021

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Clay Zachary Livingston

Deputy Sheriff Clay Livingston died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Deputy Livingston was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Elbert County Sheriff's Office for two years and was assigned to the Patrol Division. He is survived by his wife and two young 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 30
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 1906
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 23, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I attended the Police Memorial today. I heard your name called, I saw your family approach the stage, place the flower, receive their medals in your memory.

I saw your Mom holding your youngest, just 7 months old. He was sleeping, your oldest son was holding your medal and the box it came in. He asked your Mom to read the inscription. She tried, but couldn't get through it, she tried again, it was hard for her. I rubbed her back while she tried to be strong for your oldest son.

The baby, woke up soon after, very alert, looking all around, smiling at me, so I asked to hold him, to give your Mom a little break.

He was perfect, didn't make a sound, looking at all the people around him. I rubbed his back, I rubbed his bare feet, just like I did to my little ones before they grew up. I whispered in his ear what a good boy he is, and how much his Daddy loves him.

Other family came to help your Mom, so I gave **** back and returned to my seat.

My heart aches for you Brother, and for the family you left behind.

A Brother Cop
From New Jersey

May 15, 2022

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