Amarillo Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Sergeant Raquel Saunders died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while in the line of duty.
Sergeant Saunders had served with the Amarillo Police Department for 23 years and had previously served with the Potter County Sheriff’s Office for four years. She is survived by four 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.