City of West Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Friday, September 3, 2021
City Marshal Michael Keathley died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Marshal Keathley was a United States Navy veteran. He served with the City of West Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.