Police Officer Sony Clerge

Police Officer Sony Clerge

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, August 20, 2021

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Sony Clerge

Police Officer Sony Clerge died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Clerge had served with the New York City Police Department for 19 years and was assigned to the Transit Borough Manhattan Task Force.

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.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I was with Officer Clerge for 5 weeks in ESU EMT training when we and 7 other Officers came down with a severe case of Covid and Covid Pneumonia. We all ended up in the hospital with Officer Clerge being in the worst condition. May God Bless him and his family always and know that he is in a better place now and one day we will be together again. RIP BROTHER …

PO Danny Pietranico

May 13, 2022

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