In Memory of Lieutenant Brandi Stock
On Sunday, September 19, 2021, Georgia residents learned of the tragic loss of a local Lieutenant due to COVID19. Lt. Brandi Stock, badge number 102, died due to complications of the virus she likely contracted while on duty. Federal mandates state that active law enforcement officers who die from the coronavirus be considered line-of-duty deaths so that their families can receive the maximum benefits.
Law enforcement officers have a difficult job which often does not allow for social distancing. The US has lost hundreds of law enforcement officers since the start of the pandemic.
Stock began her adult life in civil service. She is a United States Army Veteran. She served for six years in the Army. Stock started her career in law enforcement in 2009. Her most recent assignment with the Brooklet Police Department has been for the last three years. Before joining the Brooklet Police Department, Lt. Stock had served with the Rincon Police Department.
Brooklet Police Department, Georgia
The Brooklet Police Department was a small agency in Bulloch County, Georgia, more like a close-knit family. The officers, civilians, and residents of Brooklet – loved Lt. Stock. The small department had five full-time officers that included Lt. Stock. The department serves the town of Brooklet, Georgia, which has a population of 1800 residents. Officers provide protective services to an area that covers approximately 3.37 square miles.
Lieutenant Brandi Stock leaves behind her husband, extended family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Residents and area law enforcement officers will help honor the sacrifice made by Lt. Stock and show support to the Stock family in their time of loss.
The Brooklet Police Department posted the announcement of the loss for residents and shared their grief on Facebook. “It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of one of our own… Lieutenant Brandi Stock passed away last night due to complications of COVID. She began her law enforcement career in 2009 and started working part-time with the Brooklet Police Department in 2018. She became full-time in 2019 and quickly moved up through the ranks to Lieutenant and served as Assistant Chief. She was loved dearly by our department and leaves behind an emptiness that will never be filled. Please pray for us and join us in praying for her husband and family during these difficult times.”
The Rincon Police Department shared the loss of their former employee and coworker with residents on their Facebook page. “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lt. Brandi Stock of the Brooklet Police Department after her valiant fight with COVID-19. We were blessed to work with Lt. Stock, who at the time was Ofc. Cross, during her time with the Rincon Police Department. She was an Army veteran who proudly served as a military police officer and deployed to Iraq. After her time in the military, she began protecting her communities as a patrol officer and a SWAT operator. Both accomplishments she was very proud of. We offer our condolences to the family, friends, and fellow officers mourning this loss. Rest easy, Lt. Stock, we will take it from here.”
Samantha Cross Kenawell, a friend and local resident, posted her shared grief and details of the upcoming funeral for other residents on Facebook. “A life well-lived deserves to be celebrated, and that’s exactly what we are going to do. Please join us in celebration of the life of an unforgettable woman, Brandi Stock. We know that she would want us to not dwell on the sad, but remember the good and crazy. It is with this in mind that we plan to hold this special event on September 27th at 1300hrs, which will take place at Wellston Center in Warner Robins. Let us say goodbye in the way she would have wanted: by getting together and telling our favorite stories of her.”