Deputy Sheriff Joshua Caine Hayes

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Caine Hayes

Gibson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, September 12, 2021

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Joshua Caine Hayes

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Hayes died from complications as the result of contracting COVID in the line of duty.

Deputy Hayes had served with the Gibson County Sheriff's Department for 18 years. He is survived by his twin boys, father, mother, two brothers, and a sister.


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 38
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I pray for the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen Law Enforcement Officer. May they find comfort and hope in the following verses, of God’s promises, found in the Holy Scriptures:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

”Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” [Psalm 23:4 ESV]

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 ESV]

Chaplain Steven Robert Closs, D.Div., M.S.B.S., NCCA
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Global Outreach Clergy
Ministry: Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

April 25, 2022

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