Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania
End of Watch Thursday, October 21, 2021
Sergeant Rick Howe died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Sergeant Howe had served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for 24 years and was a Motorcycle Unit supervisor. He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, and granddaughter.
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.