St. Francisville Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch Thursday, January 12, 2023
Police Officer Carl Kimball died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while assigned to the West Feliciana Parish Hospital at 5266 Commerce Street in Saint Francisville.
Officer Kimball had served with the St. Francisville Police Department for ten years and retired from the Louisiana Department of Corrections. He is survived by three sisters, someone who was like a son to him, his grandson, and his goddaughter.
The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement
Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.
Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.