Chief of Police Gary Ray Kelley

Chief of Police Gary Ray Kelley

Marion Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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Gary Ray Kelley

Chief Gary Kelley died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Chief Kelley had served with the Marion Police Department for over 38 years and was the Chief of Police for 13 of those years. He had previously served with the Crittenden County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife, son, two 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.

Bio

  • Age 63
  • Tour 43 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, December 4, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Chief Kelley,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

December 24, 2022

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