Coronavirus Claims Its First Casualty In U.S. Law Enforcement

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on March 17, 2020

A law enforcement officer who worked in corrections in New York City passed away on March 15 from the Coronavirus.

David Perez passed away at 56 years old as a result of the coronavirus. He worked in the department of corrections in NYC as a corrections investigator.

“He just passed away Sunday morning so we’re in the midst of a lot of stress, a lot of grief. My brother was one of the best men on earth — very honorable. He cared for his mother up until the last day he lived with her.”
– David Perez’s Brother


Prior to Perez passing he had not been in contact with any inmates for at least a month and the department is doing everything they can to avoid further spread of the coronavirus.

“Last night, a member of DOC staff who had tested positive for COVID-19 passed away at a local hospital.”
“As we endure this loss to our community, we will continue to do everything to keep our facilities safe for everyone. Consistent with CDC and DOHMH guidance, anyone who was in close contact with this individual has been notified and appropriate precautions taken.”
– Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann

David Perez had been with the department of corrections for over a decade. The department did communicate that Perez had preexisting medical conditions which may have contributed to the complications he experienced from the coronavirus.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to David Perez’s family and friends.

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