Lieutenant Michael Stephen Godawa

Lieutenant Michael Stephen Godawa

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, August 1, 2021

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Michael Stephen Godawa

Lieutenant Michael Godawa died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Lieutenant Godawa had served with the Baton Rouge Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his two children, five grandchildren, father, sister, and brother.

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 65
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 1155

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 1, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Lt. Godawa,
On today, the 2nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Baton Rouge. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 1, 2023

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