Captain Steven Gaudet died as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a confirmed exposure while on duty.
It is believed he was exposed during a 4th of July event at the town hall on July 3rd, 2020.
Captain Gaudet had served with the Pearl River Police Department for three years and had previously served with the New Orleans Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and parents.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.