Detective Michael W. Godwin

Detective Michael W. Godwin

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, February 27, 2022

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Michael W. Godwin

Detective Micahel Godwin died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Detective Godwin had served with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office for over nine years. He is survived by his expecting 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 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.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 9 years, 5 months
  • Badge Gang-25

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 20, 2022

communicable disease, COVID-19


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I am so sorry to learn of the grievous loss of Detective Godwin when he died in the line of duty from Covid. To the Godwin family, fellow deputies , and all who call Michael beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I hope that you continue to receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Detective Godwin gave to his community and the residents of North Carolina and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 27, 2022.

Phyllis LoyaMom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 1, 2022

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