Sergeant Michael Shannon McDonald

Sergeant Michael Shannon McDonald

Winston-Salem Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, October 22, 2021

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Michael Shannon McDonald

Sergeant Michael McDonald died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while supervising the mobile command vehicle at the Carolina Classic Fair at 421 27th Street NW in Winston-Salem.

Sergeant McDonald had served with the Winston-Salem Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and parents.

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 49
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 508

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 6, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.

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Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

January 18, 2022

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