Plano Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Thursday, September 16, 2021
Lieutenant Earnie Oldham died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Lieutenant Oldham had served with the Plano Police Department for 34 years. He is survived by his wife and twin 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.