Special Agent Michael L. Gillis

Special Agent Michael L. Gillis

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, January 23, 2021

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Michael L. Gillis

Special Agent Mike Gillis died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Agent Gillis was an Alabama Army National Guard veteran who served with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency for 30 years and also served with the Samson Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, granddaughter, and mother.

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 59
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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You were my Platoon Sergeant when we were mobilized/deployed to Anniston Army Depot to guard the chemical weapons that were being destroyed during Operation Noble Eagle II.
Although we served together just that 1 year, you and the 'Gypsies' welcomed me and made our tour together that much more enjoyable. Thank you "Matador 5'.

LTC (Ret.) Jason Carter
Army National Guard

July 1, 2023

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