Senior Police Officer John David Wilbanks

Senior Police Officer John David Wilbanks

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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John David Wilbanks

Senior Police Officer John Wilbanks died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Wilbanks had served with the Houston Police Department for 27 years and was assigned to the Special Operations Division. 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 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 53
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 5769

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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You were an amazing police officer that loved his job. I was always so proud to be by your side and I will always be proud of you. You were my hero here on earth and you continue to be my hero in heaven. Thank you for making my dreams come true and for loving me like no other. You are forever in my heart and always in my thoughts and prayers. Until we meet again, big daddy. I love you with all of my heart.

Jennifer Wilbanks
Wife

April 25, 2022

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