Memphis police officer dies of COVID-19

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Officer Bobby Montgomery

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An officer with the Memphis Police Department died of COVID-19 over the weekend.

Officer Bobby Montgomery with the Tillman Precinct died on Sunday at the age of 45.

“Everyone who came into contact with him got to see firsthand why many of his coworkers affectionately referred to him as a “Gentle Giant.” Every day, Bobby came to work and served with a pleasant disposition and a smile on his face. He never complained, he just faithfully served,” said Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings.

“I want to extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the local law enforcement community. Officer Montgomery personified what it means to be the Best In Blue. His hard work and dedication to serving our community will be missed.”

Thirty MPD officers have tested positive for the virus. Montgomery is the first MPD officer to die. A Shelby County Corrections officer died of COVID-19 in April.

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