Port Wentworth Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Lieutenant Dale Sylvester died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Lieutenant Sylvester was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Port Wentworth Police Department for 31 years and was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. He is survived by his wife and two children.
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.