Sergeant Bill Darnell died as the result of complications after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.
In 2008 Sergeant Darnell was ambushed and shot point-blank in the face during a domestic disturbance call. Despite his wounds, Sergeant Darnell was able to fight back and killed his attacker. As a result of his courage, Sergeant Darnell was presented with one of the nation’s Top Cop awards by President Barack Obama in 2009.
Sergeant Darnell had served with the DeWitt Township Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.