Correctional Officer Richard Jose Santiago

Correctional Officer Richard Jose Santiago

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Richard Jose Santiago

Correctional Officer Richard Santiago died from complications as the result of contracting COVID in the line of duty.

Officer Santiago had served with the Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Corrections for seven years. He is survived by his son, parents, sister, and fiancé.

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 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Brother gone way too soon. The world is deffdefinitely not a better place without you. Continue resting in heaven brother LWFFLW

Deputy Dawg

October 21, 2022

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