Detective Hector M. Nunez

Detective Hector M. Nunez

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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Hector M. Nunez

Detective First Grade Hector Nunez died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 while working at the 5th Precinct at 1655 Dutch Broadway in Elmont.

Detective Nunez had served with the Nassau County Police Department for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

On December 13th, 2021, he was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective First Grade.

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 42
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 3366

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, November 15, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Hector, you will never be forgotten brother. Fly high until we meet again in heaven! May God bless your soul manito.

PO Juan Arias
Nassau County Police Dept.

March 3, 2022

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