Police Officer Jason Belton died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty when he came into contact with a positive COVID-19 at the UPMC Harmot at 201 State Street in Erie.
Officer Belton was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Erie Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his two daughters.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.