Ider Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch Saturday, October 30, 2021
Police Chief Buddy Crabtree died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Chief Crabtree had served with the Ider Police Department for 10 years and had previously served with the Bridgeport Police Department. He is survived by his wife, four children, and eight 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.