Reserve Deputy James R. Hirtzel

Reserve Deputy James R. Hirtzel

Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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James R. Hirtzel

Reserve Deputy James Hirtzel died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving at the Jackson County Fair at 476 East County Road in Brownstown.

Deputy Hirtzel was a United States Air Force veteran and had served with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and stepson.

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 55
  • Tour 32 years
  • Badge 36-32
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 31, 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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