Sergeant Jose Ramon Rivera

Sergeant Jose Ramon Rivera

Suffolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, May 31, 2021

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Jose Ramon Rivera

Sergeant Jose Rivera died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while assigned to Precinct 2 at 3903 Bridge Road in Suffolk.

Sergeant Rivera was a United States Marine Corps veteran who had served 14 years with the Suffolk Police Department. 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 14 years
  • Badge 424
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 18, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Miss you each and every day Sgt. You set the example for what I look for in a leader. I’ll never forget how much you believed in me. You continue to motivate me to prove you right and be the best I can be in this profession. Till Valhalla.

Officer Miller 701
Murfreesboro PD

January 30, 2024

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