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. He is survived by his son, parents, brother, 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 52
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 25660

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Officer Sony Clerge,

Coming upon your 54th Birthday this weekend, may you continue to Rest in Peace. Happiest birthday (10/8) to you in heaven, even though you hate to celebrate your birthday. It has been a rough year for Kyle but he is doing so much better in the past six weeks. Please continue to guide both of us through this journey without you. Thank you for your dedication to the NYPD and mostly your dedication to our son, and always being there for me. Everything that you ever wanted for me and Kyle is coming into place, thanks to you. I definitely miss calling you every time Kyle does something good, and sending pictures and videos of him.

Suzanne Clerge
Former Wife (Mother of his only son Kyle)

October 3, 2022

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