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Longtime officer dies from COVID-19, NYPD says

A 21-year veteran of the NYPD has died after a battle with COVID-19, officers mentioned Sunday.

“The NYPD household is grieving right now as we announce the passing of Officer Leonardo Chavez, whose battle w/ #COVID ended yesterday,” Police Commissioner Dermott Shea mentioned on his Twitter account

“Leonardo, his family members, & colleagues are without end in our prayers. His 21 years of service & dedication to the folks of NYC won’t ever be forgotten.”

Chavez, 50, joined the division in 2000 and spent his whole profession assigned to the division’s Transit Bureau, police sources mentioned. He has been assigned to the bureau’s Particular Operations District since 2016.

He’s believed to be the 61st member of the division to die from the sickness. 

Final month, Police Officer Sony Clerge, who was assigned to the Transit Borough Manhattan Activity Pressure, additionally died from the virus. He was a 19-year NYPD veteran.

The vast majority of the NYPD’s coronavirus fatalities have been civilian workers with the division.

The division has struggled to get above a 50-percent immunization price, though officers have been one of many first teams OKed to get the shot earlier this yr.

As of final month, the vaccination price was at about 47 % for its slightly below 35,000 uniformed officers and practically 18,000 civilian members, based on the NYPD.

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