First NYPD officer dies from coronavirus after it kills two other staffers

A New York Police Department detective died from coronavirus on Saturday, becoming the first uniformed officer of the department to succumb to the disease. 

Authorities said Detective Cedric Dixon, 48, worked at the 32nd Precinct in Harlem and unfortunately passed away at North Central Bronx Hospital.  

Sources told The Post that Dixon suffered from asthma and diabetes before he contracted Covid-19. He is the third NYPD personnel to die of the disease.

Of Dixon's death, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said: 'I can tell you that I’ve spoken to many of his friends and coworkers since this morning, and he was known as the person that would do anything to help you.'

Authorities revealed that NYPD Detective Cedric Dixon (pictured) died Saturday morning after contracting coronavirus

Authorities revealed that NYPD Detective Cedric Dixon (pictured) died Saturday morning after contracting coronavirus 

'He is going to be so sorely missed.' 

The Detectives' Endowment Association president, Paul DiGiacomo, described the 32-year veteran as a great detective with the department.

Shea also revealed that Giacomina Barr-Brown, a civilian employee for the NYPD, died of the virus inside her home on Thursday.

Barr-Brown, a seven-year veteran, worked with the 49th Precinct Roll Call Office to make sure administrative and patrol assignments were covered.  

'We have lost three members of our family in as little as 48 hours,' Shea said during a press conference, NBC News reports. 

'As I stand here I cannot begin to describe what we are feeling. What the families of these three heroes are feeling. We are hurting. We are crying. And we continue to fight. We simply have no other choice.' 

On Thursday, the NYPD announced that a staff member died from coronavirus in a Brooklyn hospital. 

Giacomina Barr-Brown (pictured),  a civilian employee for the NYPD, died from the disease inside her home on Thursday

Giacomina Barr-Brown (pictured),  a civilian employee for the NYPD, died from the disease inside her home on Thursday 

Custodial Assistant Dennis Dickson (pictured) of the NYPD died of coronavirus earlier this week 

Dennis Dickson, a 62-year-old custodial assistant, was on the frontlines of the battle against coronavirus and had been disinfecting 1 Police Plaza before he fell ill.

The NYPD said he once spent 17 days straight at the police department's headquarters building during the clean-up operation for Super Storm Sandy.

An NYPD spokesperson said: 'We are sad to announce the passing of our own NYPD family member, Custodial Assistant Dennis Dickson.

'Mr. Dickson faithfully served this department for 14 yrs & is the 1st member to succumb to the COVID-19 virus. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.'

Police Commissioner of the City of New York Dermot Shea paid tribute, saying: 'Today we lost one of our own: City Custodial Assistant Dennis Dickson, who faithfully served with the NYPD since 2006, has passed away from complications related to the coronavirus.

'Our deepest sympathies & all of our prayers go out to Dennis' colleagues & family.'

Reports also revealed that John Miller, NYPD's counter-terror chief and Deputy Commissioner, has been hospitalized with symptoms. 

Miller was at the Lenox Hill Hospital on Thursday waiting for testing. It's not revealed if he has tested positive or not.

If so, he would become the third NYPD executive member to be diagnosed with coronavirus.  

Records obtained by DailyMail.com show more than 500 NYPD personnel, including 442 officers, have contracted coronavirus. 

Additionally, more than 3,000 cops are reportedly suffering 'flu like symptoms' - an indication that the number of cops who actually have the virus may be exponentially higher, according to new figures obtained by DailyMail.com.

In just one day, 4,111 uniformed officers – or more than 10 percent of the force – called in sick. 

At the moment, New York City has a death toll is now 517 and there are 29,766 confirmed cases. The state has reached 52,318 infections and 728 deaths. 

In the United States, there are 112,480 cases and 1,846 deaths  

Several police department's around the U.S., including the NYPD,  are struggling to maintain their ranks as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to batter their officers and other personnel.  

An Associated Press survey revealed that nearly 690 officers and civilian employees at law enforcement officers have been diagnosed with coronavirus. The number of those in isolation as they await test results is far higher in many places.

In response, law enforcement has implemented new protocols on the fly in their attempt to stay afloat. 

Anticipating shortages, police academies across the country are accelerating coursework to provide reinforcements.

Gloves, masks and large quantities of hand sanitizer is being distributed. Staff meetings are being held outdoors, over the phone or online.

Precinct offices, squad cars and equipment are being deep cleaned according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines.

Just like many medical centers and hospitals, law enforcement is running low on needed protective supplies. 

'We're in war footing against an invisible enemy and we are on the verge of running out [of protective supplies], said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

Several sherrif's offices and police precinct are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic as personnel fall ill. Pictured: An NYPD police officer is seen wearing a protective face mask

Several sherrif's offices and police precinct are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic as personnel fall ill. Pictured: An NYPD police officer is seen wearing a protective face mask

'We've got hospitals calling police departments, police departments calling each other, and it's time to nationalize in terms of our response,' he added.

The lack of available supplies is especially daunting as authorities try to do their job, which puts them in close contact with others, amid calls for social distancing.

This comes after reports that President  considering quarantining New York, Connecticut and New Jersey in desperate efforts to slow the spread of the outbreak.

The move will restrict travel to and from the three states,

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