Deputy Sheriff Daniel James "Duke" Trujillo

Deputy Sheriff Daniel James "Duke" Trujillo

Denver Sheriff's Department, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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Daniel James "Duke" Trujillo

Deputy Sheriff Duke Trujillo died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Downtown Detention Center.

Deputy Trujillo had served with the Denver Sheriff's Department for seven years.


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 33
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Deputy Daniel Trujillo is how you were known at work. You not only served the citizens of Denver, but also our nation with being a Marine. To me you were simply “Duke”… you were my brother and friend. All of this work stuff aside.. the world lost a great father, husband, son and the absolute best friend. I miss you bro. It hasn’t been the same without you…

Deputy Ryan Sewitsky
Denver Sheriff Department

February 25, 2022

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