Barnwell Police Department, South Carolina
End of Watch Sunday, September 12, 2021
Police Officer Stephen Jones died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Officer Jones was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Barnwell Police Department for two months. He had served with the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Blackwell Police Department. Officer Jones is survived by his wife and five 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.