PRESS RELEASE: Mayor, Police Commissioner Announce First Coronavirus Death of a City Employee

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BALTIMORE, MD. — This morning, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced the first COVID-19 death of a City employee.

Mr. Michael Baptist, a contract services specialist in Human Resources at the Baltimore Police Department, passed Friday evening.

Mr. Baptist began his career with the Department in 1971, as a sworn-officer, and retired as a sergeant. Mr. Baptist later re-joined the department as a civilian investigator.

Ret. Sgt. Baptist served the City with dedication and distinction through some of the city’s most trying times. Mayor Young and Commissioner Harrison said that Mr. Baptist’s career as a public servant will stand as a timeless example for countless others.

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“Our hearts are extremely heavy as we all work to process the passing of Mr. Baptist,” Mayor Young said. “On behalf of the residents of Baltimore, I offer sincere condolences to his family, loved ones, and members of the Baltimore Police Department. Mr. Baptist was a dedicated public servant, who decided to spend his well-earned retirement in further service to our City.”

“This is a terrible loss to the BPD, as we have lost a true hero,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. “His commitment to the citizens of Baltimore, which spanned over four decades, will never be forgotten. Mr. Baptist will be greatly missed by his work family here at BPD, and we send our deepest condolences and prayers to his family and loved ones during this difficult time,” Commissioner Harrison said.