Washington State Department of Corrections, Washington
End of Watch Thursday, June 17, 2021
Correctional Officer Gabriel Forrest died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, Washington.
Officer Forrest had served with the Washington State Department of Corrections for 19 years.
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.