Police Officer Robert Rivera

Police Officer Robert Rivera

Plainview Independent School District Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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Robert Rivera

Police Officer Robert Rivera died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Rivera had served with the Plainview Independent School District Police Department for two years and previously served with the Hale County Sheriff's Office for fifteen years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, two grandchildren, three brothers, and two 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 45
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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May God and all his Angel's welcome all the falling officer's with open arms and say a job well done my son or my daughter . Let the harps and trumpets play as our brother and sisters enter the kingdom of heaven. In Jesus name amen.

Lt. Nelson Otano
Gary Police Department

January 27, 2024

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