Sheriff Robert P. Craft

Sheriff Robert P. Craft

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, February 16, 2022

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Robert P. Craft

Sheriff Robert Craft died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Sheriff Craft was a United States Marine Corps veteran who had served 14 years with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and previously served with the Kansas State Highway Patrol for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and son.


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 64
  • Tour 41 years
  • Badge 110
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Sunday, January 23, 2022

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Sheriff Robert Craft, thank you for your service to both America and the County in which you were Sheriff. God will guide you, your family, friends and coworkers during this difficult time. God's Speed Sheriff!!!!!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

May 10, 2022

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