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Windsor police officer dies after contracting COVID-19, leaves behind wife and 5 children

Memorial Page: COVID-19 has been no. 1 killer of law enforcement officers for the past 2 years
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Posted at 3:45 PM, Oct 22, 2021

DENVER – A Windsor Police Department officer died earlier this month after contracting the novel coronavirus while in the line of duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Windsor Police Officer Ty Alan Powell was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and had served with the Windsor Police Department for 19 years, according to a short bio from the Officer Down Memorial Page. His End of Watch was listed as Oct. 13. The page did not list his vaccination status.

Powell had previously served with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for one year each.

He is survived by his wife and five children.

At least three other law enforcement officers in Colorado have died from complications of contracting COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic: El Paso County Sheriff Deputy Jeffery Christopher Hopkins and deputies James Herrera and Daniel “Duke” Trujillo, both who worked for the Denver Sheriff Department.

The Officer Down Memorial Page states COVID-19 has been the no. 1 killer of law enforcement officers across the country in 2020 and 2021.

“Getting vaccinated is just as important as wearing your vest and your seatbelt,” the website states. It encourages law enforcement officers to talk with their doctors about the COVID-19 vaccine “to see if vaccination is right for you.”

Since the start of the pandemic, 551 law enforcement officers in the U.S. have died after contracting the novel virus, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.