Thomas Edward Sawyer
Hammond Police Department
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Age: 53
Served: 23 years, 5 months
Badge #: 448
Not Included
Included (2021)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Duty-related illness
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Incident to Death Duration:
43 days
Incident Location:
509 Douglas Street, Hammond
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Memory Lane Memorial Park, Schererville

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   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 is survived by his wife, Mary (née Alwood); son, John; and daughter, Hannah.

Military Service


United States Air Force
Gulf War • War in Afghanistan

Historical Notes

• Sergeant Sawyer is the third of five Indiana line of duty deaths in 2021.
• He is the eighth line of duty death of the Hammond Police Department.
• His line of duty death is the 58th that has originated from Lake County.
This memorial honors an officer whose eligibility as a line of duty death is subject to our Policy for Law Enforcement Officer Deaths due to COVID-19.

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