Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Sergeant Thomas Sawyer died from complications after contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during an ongoing global pandemic.
After becoming infected while assigned to the city jail, he was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator a week later at Methodist Hospital Southlake Campus in Merrillville where he remained until he passed away.
Sergeant Sawyer was survived by his wife, Mary (née Alwood); son, John; and daughter, Hannah.
United States Air Force
• Sergeant Sawyer is the third of eight Indiana line of duty deaths in 2021.