Captain Reginald Kamal Smith

Captain Reginald Kamal Smith

Wilson Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, January 7, 2022

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Reginald Kamal Smith

Captain Reginald Smith died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Captain Smith had served with the Wilson Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and four 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 43
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 557

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 23, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I am always thinking of you and the great times that we’ve shared. No matter what our love goes on and on forever. Those we love don’t leave, they walk beside us everyday. My heart will always be for you my love and I will instill your memory, spirit and walk for Jesus Christ in our children.
Remembering you on this 2 year anniversary of your calling home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Love you Always, You Wife Adrienne
Your Children, Riley, Gianna, Nylah and Rylan

Adrienne Smith

January 8, 2024

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