Correctional Officer Thomas Alan Beard

Correctional Officer Thomas Alan Beard

Kentucky Department of Corrections, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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Thomas Alan Beard

Correctional Officer Thomas Beard died as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving at the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex at 374 New Bethel Church Road in Fredonia.

Officer Beard was a United States Army National Guard veteran and had served with the Kentucky Department of Corrections for seven years. He is survived by his wife, mother, and three sisters.

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 57
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

COVID-19, communicable disease

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This is my dear brother. He had the biggest heart and such a loving smile. He treated everybody like they were the most special person on earth. He had no idea the impact he made on people’s lives. He was a correctional officer. He treated the inmates with such kindness. We received some letters from some of the inmates about how much just knowing him had changed their lives. His coworkers felt the same way. He truly left a legacy behind. We miss him so much. We have such a hole in our hearts. Please keep our family in your prayers.

Thanks to all that left such kind and comforting words.

Donette Perryman

October 21, 2023

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