Burke County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina
End of Watch Monday, October 11, 2021
Lieutenant Mac McMurtray died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Lieutenant McMurtray was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three 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.