by Melissa Alonso | CNN
With the spread of covid-19 delta variant refueling in summer With more infections and hospitalisations, health care workers and first responders find themselves again on the front lines of the pandemic.
The state of Florida has been particularly affected by the latest surge, with more than 17,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to statistics Saturday from the US Department of Health and Human Services. And in the week beginning August 14, at least five police departments in South Florida reported the death of law enforcement officers from COVID-19.
CSPD Chief Clyde Parry said Coral Springs Police Sergeant Patrick “Pat” Madison, a 15-year veteran of the department, “became complications of COVID-19 on Friday, Aug. 20,” in a statement Friday. Madison is survived by her son and fiancé.
Miami Beach Police Officer Edward Perez, a 25-year veteran of MBPD, died on Thursday “after a battle with COVID. He has left behind a loving wife and daughter,” MBPD tweeted.
West Palm Beach Police Officer Robert Williams died on Monday after he “contracted COVID-19 and experienced complications,” WPBPD said. WPBPD said he was in the department since 2001 and is survived by his wife and son.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Lazaro R. Fables died “from complications due to COVID-19” on August 14, according to tweet From the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The 12-year-old FHP veteran was rested on Friday, the tweet said.
Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Jennifer Seppot also died on August 14 after contracting the virus and suffering complications, Department said. Sepote had been with the department since 2017 and is survived by her husband and young child. According to Theft. Lauderdale Police Foundation.
At least 103 law enforcement officers have lost their lives to COVID-19 in 2021, according to Officer Down Memorial Page, which counts Covid-19 as the leading cause of death for officials this year.
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