Agent John Dale Stayrook

Agent John Dale Stayrook

Medina County Drug Task Force, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, February 6, 2022

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John Dale Stayrook

Agent John Stayrook died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Agent Stayrook had served with the Medina County Drug Task Force for 15 years and had previously served with the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency for four years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, brother, sister, and two grandchildren.

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 60
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, January 3, 2022

COVID-19, communicable disease

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May you continue to rest in peace in Heaven, Agent Stayrook.

Patrolman Kenneth Collins
South Amherst Police Department

February 6, 2024

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