Correctional Officer Jerome McBurrough

Correctional Officer Jerome McBurrough

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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Jerome McBurrough

Correctional Officer Jerome McBurrough died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving at the Valdosta State Prison at 3259 Val Tech Road in Valdosta.

Officer McBurrough was a United States Army Reserve veteran and had served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for over 24 years.


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.

Bio

  • Age 56
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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You are my hero brother! There’s not a day gone by that I don’t think of you. I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to say “see you later.” Love and miss you always,

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May 26, 2022

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