Sergeant John Joseph Donohue

Sergeant John Joseph Donohue

Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, February 23, 2022

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John Joseph Donohue

Sergeant John Donohue died as the result of contracting COVID-19 following a presumed exposure in the line of duty.

Sergeant Donohue had served with the Fairfax County Police Department for 18-1/2 years and was assigned to the Fair Oaks District. He had previously served as an auxiliary police officer with the Dumon Police Department, New Jersey. 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 62
  • Tour 24 years, 6 months
  • Badge 3499

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 12, 2022

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Very few people had the opportunity to know John as a dear friend as well as coworker. John never spoke of his volunteer work at Ground Zero during 9-11, nor of the other great things he did in his police and EMT medical service career. Proud, strong, always there and always ready to work no matter what. We sure do miss you John. Christmas Blessings and God Bless until we meet again.

2LT. Doug Lingenfelter
Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax, VA

December 24, 2022

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