Senior Corrections Officer Maria Gibbs

Senior Corrections Officer Maria Gibbs

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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Maria Gibbs

Senior Corrections Officer Maria Gibbs died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Central Reception and Assignment Facility in Trenton.

Officer Gibbs had served with the New Jersey Department of Corrections for 19 years. She is survived by her husband and four children.


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 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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SCO Gibbs,
On today, the 2nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Jersey. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement then that of a Corrections Officer.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

April 22, 2022

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