Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Deputy First Class Douglas Clark died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Deputy Clark had served with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years and had previously served with the Hardee Correctional Institution. He is survived by his father, wife, six children, and 11 grandchildren.
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.