Investigator Steven Ray Finley

Investigator Steven Ray Finley

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, January 14, 2022

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Steven Ray Finley

Investigator Steven Finley died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Investigator Finley was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Madison County Sheriff's Office for 29 years. He is survived by his wife.

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 59
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, December 27, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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RIP Investigatior Steven Ray Finley!
You are and forever will be my soulmate and Hero! I miss you so much. Your dedication to MCSO was unmatched by anyone I ever knew. You relentlessly sacrificed for what you believed in. I wish more people had the honor of knowing you. I will forever love you and be proud to have had the honor of being your wife on this journey we call life. Rest easy sweetheart, your brothers and sisters in blue have it from here.

Judy Finley
Wife of Investigatior Finley

August 27, 2022

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