Friday, October 15, 2021

At least 5 South Florida officials died of COVID-19 in a week

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.

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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.

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