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Funeral held for Georgetown police officer who died from COVID-19

A memorial service for Officer Michelle Gattey was held on Saturday at First Baptist Church in Georgetown.

GEORGETOWN, Texas — A memorial service for Georgetown Police Officer Michelle Gattey was held on Saturday, Sept. 25. Gattey died from COVID-19 complications on Thursday, Sept. 16.

The funeral took place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Georgetown. The department performed full police honors for Gattey outside the church following the service.

The Georgetown Police Department also hosted a processional from Ramsey Funeral Home to First Baptist Church before the funeral around 1 p.m. Law enforcement took part in the procession.

In a post on Twitter, the department said the route began on Williams Drive, continued onto DB Wood Road and ended on West University Avenue.

Gattey served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years before joining Georgetown’s police department as an intern. She became an officer in 2020 after attending the police academy.

Two police officers and one firefighter in Austin also died of COVID-19 in the last few months.


In the days following Gattey’s death, two of her dogs, Granger and Xander, died in a fire at the Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown.

Gilby Chapperson, who was supposed to take in one of the dogs, said “Michelle loved them very much.”

“Granger would follow Michelle around the house and liked to steal things and hide them,” Chapperson said. “Granger was named after country singer Granger Smith [Michelle’s favorite country singer].”


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