Police Officer Christopher Ryan Cockburn

Police Officer Christopher Ryan Cockburn

Village of Florida Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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Christopher Ryan Cockburn

Police Officer Christopher Cockburn died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Cockburn had served with the Village of Florida Police Department and had previously served with the Warwick Town Police. He was survived by his wife and three children.


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 600 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 59
  • Tour 32 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, August 30, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Officer Cockburn,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

March 27, 2022

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