Deputy Sheriff Billy Joe Ihrig

Deputy Sheriff Billy Joe Ihrig

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, October 28, 2021

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Billy Joe Ihrig

Deputy Sheriff Billy Ihrig died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Deputy Ihrig had served with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for over 17 years. He is survived by his four sons, two daughters, longtime girlfriend, two grandchildren, mother, and brother.

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 52
  • Tour 17 years, 7 months
  • Badge 1056

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, September 23, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Deputy Sheriff Ihrig,
On today, the 2nd anniversary of your death,, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

October 28, 2023

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