Police Officer Anthony Christopher Testa

Police Officer Anthony Christopher Testa

West Palm Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, September 25, 2021

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Anthony Christopher Testa

Police Officer Anthony Testa died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Testa was a United States Army veteran having served two tours in Afghanistan. He had served with the West Palm Beach Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and son.


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 36
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 2095
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 1, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.

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City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 18, 2021

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