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Soft-spoken cop dies of COVID less than a year after joining the Texas Police Department

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A Texas police officer remembered for his “gentle manner” died of COVID-19 on Thursday, officials said.

Georgetown Police Department officer Michelle Gattey, 44, joined the force less than a year ago after serving 23 years in the U.S. Air Force, officials said. She died Thursday after a “courageous battle” against the coronavirus.

“Officer Gattey will be remembered for his wonderful smile, soft voice and commitment to our country and our community,” the Georgetown Police Department said in a Facebook post. “She really illustrated what it means to have a servant’s heart.”

Gattey was an intern with the police department before deciding to become an officer. She attended a police academy at the end of last year and became a police officer in January. Right before her death, Gattey was preparing to become the Department’s Victim Services Coordinator.

“Her family, friends and all of us will be missed more than words can describe,” the police department said.

Georgetown is a city of about 71,000 people located just north of Austin.

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