Officer Martez Hughes died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure while assigned to deliver meals as part of the city's Meals on Wheels program.
Officer Hughes had served with the Louisville Metro Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the Sixth Division. He is survived by his wife, daughter, mother, and sister.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.