Police Officer Wayne "Butch" Nowell, Jr.

Police Officer Wayne "Butch" Nowell, Jr.

Meridian Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, December 29, 2021

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Wayne "Butch" Nowell, Jr.

Police Officer Butch Nowell died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Nowell had served with the Meridian Police Department for only 69 days and had previously served 24 years with the Johnson's County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife.

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 65
  • Tour 24 years, 2 months
  • Badge 203

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, December 20, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19


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Rest In Peace Officer Wayne "Butch" Nowell, Jr. May God watch over you, your family and all Meridian Police Department personnel during this most difficult of time. God's Speed Butch!!!!!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

January 18, 2022

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