Lieutenant Kevin Pounders

Lieutenant Kevin Pounders

Hanceville Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, January 23, 2022

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Kevin Pounders

Lieutenant Kevin Pounders died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Lieutenant Pounders was a United States Marine Corps veteran who had served with the Hanceville Police Department for 24 years. He is survived by his wife, son, grandchild, and mother.

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 48
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge 203
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, September 24, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I did not realize this was a thing. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for all the kind words. Lt. Pounders was not only a coworker but he was an amazing friend to me. We started out on rocky waters when he first come to work at Hanceville but then they threw us on a nightshift together and what do you know just a few short days later we were inseparable. We were both promoted at the same time and he really taught me how to be a leader. He stood by me every step of the way. I know he would be so honored by all the amazing things that have been said! I am definitely going to get these to his mom so she can see all the amazing things that have been written. Thank you!

Telecommunicator Kathryn Key
Hanceville Police Department

March 17, 2023

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