Police Officer Gregory Michael Santangelo

Police Officer Gregory Michael Santangelo

Frederick Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, December 28, 2021

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Gregory Michael Santangelo

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

Officer Santangelo was a United States Marine Corps veteran who served eight years with the Frederick City Police Department and previously served 13 years with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife, three children, father, and sister.

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 50
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Although I never knew you, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with your kid sister. She adores you and has such pain from missing you, your brother Brian and your sweet mom. Karen is an amazing and strong woman. Greg, you will never be forgotten as your family carries forth your legacy. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Surviving Spouse and LEU bike rider Lynn

January 20, 2023

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