Statement on the passing of MSP TSA officer after contracting COVID-19

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS – With heartfelt sadness, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that a TSA officer who worked at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) for nearly 13 years passed away today from complications associated with COVID-19.

Gerald “Teddy” Girard began working for TSA at MSP in December 2007. He was certified to conduct security screening in the security checkpoint as well as in TSA’s checked baggage operation.  

Officer Girard was committed to the TSA mission and was diligent in carrying out his screening responsibilities. He is remembered as being good-natured, regularly re-connecting with old friends when they were flying out of MSP and making new acquaintances while doing his job. He was a father and devoted husband to his wife, Terra, for 41 years. 

We offer our heartfelt condolences to Officer Girard’s family, friends and his TSA colleagues. TSA remains committed and determined to work ever more closely with interagency partners to stop the spread of COVID-19.