Local Police Officer Loses Life to COVID-19

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Hutchison standing in uniform looking into the distance. | Image from Haltom City PD

Officer Kris “Hutch” Hutchison of the Haltom City Police Department died on October 27 after battling COVID-19.     

Police said the officer died at the Medical City Alliance Hospital in Fort Worth.    

The Haltom City Police Department had previously posted to Facebook that Hutchison had been sick and was in the ICU.  

His sister, Kristi Cotner, started a GoFundMe account on his behalf on October 14 and provided updates on his condition during the last two weeks before his death.

One of the updates said that Hutchison had been transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit and was placed on a ventilator that was set to “100% maximum pressure.”    

After he died, the city announced his death in a tweet that read, “Officer Hutchison was a valued member of our staff and he will be greatly missed. Words cannot express the sense of loss we all feel.”   

The tweet asked the public to keep the late officer’s family and the police department in their “thoughts and prayers as they deal with this tragic situation.”    

Hutchison was a five-year veteran of the Haltom City Police Department. Before joining the department, he worked with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and the Kennedale Police Department. He had also served for four years in the United States Marine Corps.  

Hutchison, known as Hutch among his colleagues, recently served as a school resource officer at North Oaks and Haltom Middle School. According to the department, the officer loved helping kids.    

A police escort accompanied Hutchison’s body to Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst late Wednesday evening. 

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