In Memory of Corporal Charles Wayne Catron
On Thursday, September 23, 2021, the Carrol County Sheriffs Office announced to Virginia residents that they had lost an officer to COVI19. Corporal Charles Catron, badge number 132, died due to complications from contracting the coronavirus. It is most likely that he acquired this virus through his work in law enforcement. Catron was 52 years old.
COVID19 has quickly risen to become the number one cause of line-of-duty deaths for law enforcement officers across the US. As a result, federal mandates were put into place to give families maximum benefits and ensure that all COVID19 deaths are treated as line-of-duty deaths.
Corporal Charles Catron served his community as a sworn law enforcement officer with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for over thirteen years. Unfortunately, Catron is the fourth officer in the Carrol County Sheriff’s Office history to die in the line of duty.
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia
Catron served his career with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. The CCSO is a 24-hour, full-service, accredited law enforcement agency. The department handles patrols, investigations, corrections, civil processes, and communications. CCSO works tirelessly to ensure that the men and women who work for their department can be proud of the positive impact on their communities.
Officers with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office protect life and property, identify and apprehend criminal offenders, participate in court proceedings and help to reduce the opportunities for crime through preventive patrols. Often, officers are called to assist those who cannot care for themselves or resolve conflicts. The presence of law enforcement should promote and create a sense of civil order making residents feel safe in their communities. CCSO takes pride in working in cooperation with the community to foster a sense of safety and belonging.
Corporal Charles Wayne Catron leaves behind his daughter, two grandchildren, and mother. These women will rely heavily on each other in the years to come. Residents, neighbors, friends, and fellow officers in blue will come forward to help show the Catron family the support they need and honor the death of Corporal Catron.
Sheriff Kevin A. Kemp and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office posted the announcement to residents of the terrible loss. “Greater love has no man than this, that he who lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13 To the citizens of Carroll County, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the death of one of our own earlier this morning. Corporal Charles “Charlie” Catron passed away in the early morning hours of September 23, 2021, after fighting Covid in late August. Charlie started his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2008 and served his community in the Patrol Division, Court Division, and Civil Division. He is survived by his mother, girlfriend, daughter, and grandchildren. Please keep Cpl. Catron’s family and your Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Bland County Sheriff’s Office shared in the grief of a fallen colleague. “Please keep the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in your prayers. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family of Corporal Charlie Wayne Catron, who passed away. Charlie was a wonderful Deputy and a friend to everyone who knew him.”
The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was heartbroken over the news of the loss of a friend and fellow deputy, Catron. “We are saddened today by the news of our friend and colleague passing. Unfortunately, Carroll County Deputy Charlie Wayne Catron succumbed to COVID-19 early this morning. Please remember the Catron family in your prayers. Also, remember Charlie’s many friends and colleagues in the law enforcement community. Rest in Peace, Deputy Charlie Wayne Catron. We’ve got your watch from here. Godspeed!”