TOP COP’S DEMISE: Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry Announces the Death of Master Corporal Robert Cadrette

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry Announces the Death of Master Corporal Robert Cadrette

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The Charles County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the loss of Master Corporal Robert Cadrette, ID #304, who died during the early evening hours on December 5, 2020 from complications associated with COVID-19. M/Cpl. Cadrette, age 51, was assigned to the Special Services Division, Property Management Section and was a 22-year-veteran of the Agency. Prior to joining the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, M/Cpl. Cadrette served in the Army for two years. He continued his service in the Army National Reserve for 18 years. 

COVID-19 Line-of-Duty Deaths Listed by Fraternal Order of Police

From the FOP:
While COVID-19 is without a doubt a public health crisis, it is also a public safety crisis. The FOP knew at the beginning of the pandemic that law enforcement officers on the front lines combating this pandemic—more than 90% of whom will be responding from local and State agencies—would be increasingly vulnerable to contracting the virus. COVID-19 makes no distinction between age, race or gender. As we had feared, the virus has claimed the lives of many, and now includes a growing number of law enforcement officers.

Please Note: The following list has been compiled using media and news reports of law enforcement officers who have died due to COVID-19. The numbers listed include all reported COVID-19 deaths—not all have been verified. The FOP’s goal is to maintain an accurate and up-to-date list and is working around the clock to support our members as we all respond to the national pandemic. To ensure that every officer is accounted for, if you are aware of an officer that has died in the line of duty due to COVID-19, please feel free to send an email to Mark McDonald with the officer’s information and a link to either a media report or obituary.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us via email at

Master Corporal Cadrette has served as a police officer since 1998 but his death is not considered “Line of Duty Death” even though he was actively working all of the time until he took sick with Covid.

M/Cpl. Cadrette joined the agency on January 30, 1998. From 1998 to 2007, he worked in Patrol Operations. Then, in 2007, he transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he was a detective in the Financial Crimes Unit and later, the  Special Victims Unit. In 2013, he returned to Patrol and in 2016, he was transferred to the Property Management Section. 

CHARLES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT has had quite a few cases of Covid infecting police officers, correctional officers, and civilian staff. The death of Master Corporal Cadrette is the first fatality and LINE OF DUTY DEATH.  – It is impossible to pinpoint how he was infected and he was actively working as a police officer at the time he took sick and could have been infected at any time in his workday from any possible source. 

M/Cpl. Cadrette was known for his positive attitude and his dedication to duty each and every day he reported to work. Many of his co-workers described him as hard-working, respected, and a very caring person. He had a great sense of humor and could make anyone smile, his colleagues would say. M/Cpl. Cadrette was also a loyal and loving husband to his wife and a devoted father to his three-year-old daughter.

Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

“We are deeply saddened and our hearts are heavy,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “Rob battled this virus for weeks and it was heartbreaking to see his condition diminish as he fought so hard to survive. We thank everyone who prayed and sent thoughts of healing and comfort to him and his family. Rest in Peace faithful servant.”

Additional details relating to his funeral will be released in the days ahead.  

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