Police Officer Frankie Anibal Gutierrez

Police Officer Frankie Anibal Gutierrez

Newnan Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, September 2, 2021

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Frankie Anibal Gutierrez

Police Officer Frankie Gutierrez died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Gutierrez was a U.S Army and U.S. Air Force Reserves veteran. He had served with the Newnan Police Department for three years and had served in law enforcement for 24 years. He is survived by his wife 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 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 46
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Frankie was my best friend in high school at Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, GA. He had just arrived from Brooklyn, New York and had all of the requisite swag; he knew how to dress, how to talk, and how to dance. I have memories of walking home from school and him always being in a great mood... laughing, joking, and dancing. I can't even remember him not ever being exuberantly happy. As much as I remember him being a huge goofball, I have to say he really influenced the person I came to be. He was truly hard to dislike, and he really did have a big heart.
I got to speak to him a little before he passed, and I remember feeling very proud of all that he'd accomplished in his life. I wish I could have had a little time to get to know him again.
My heart and prayers go out to his family. I know how important family was to him, and I can only imagine what a great father and husband he was.
I know he will be sorely missed.

Nelson Harris

November 18, 2022

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