Police Officer Edward Perez

Police Officer Edward Perez

Miami Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, August 19, 2021

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Edward Perez

Police Officer Eddie Perez died from complications of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while assisting with recovery efforts at the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida.

Officer Perez served with the Miami Beach Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and two sisters.

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 900 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.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 541

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, July 5, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19, search and rescue

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