Hammond Police Department, Indiana
End of Watch Thursday, June 17, 2021
Sergeant Thomas Sawyer died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while assigned to the Hammond Police Jail.
Sergeant Sawyer was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Hammond Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife.
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.