Detective John D. Songy

Detective John D. Songy

Rutland Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, May 29, 2020

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John D. Songy

Detective John Songy died after contracting COVID-19 as the result of a presumed exposure while on duty.

Detective Songy had served with the Rutland Police Department for eight years and had previously served with the Oakham Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two stepchildren.


The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 600 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.

Bio

  • Age 48
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 205

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 23, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Detective Songy,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

July 11, 2020

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