Hero Down: Clermont Police Officer Conrad Buckley Dies From Coronavirus
Tavares, FL – Clermont Police Department (CPD) Officer Conrad Buckley died on Tuesday after contracting COVID-19.
Officer Buckley, 52, contracted the novel coronavirus when he traveled to the Boston area in late March to handle a family emergency, WKMG reported.
When he returned to Florida in the first week of April, he isolated himself at his home in accordance with Clermont human resources and CDC recommendations.
While in quarantine, Officer Buckley developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, WKMG reported.
He ultimately tested positive for the coronavirus and was hospitalized at AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares.
Officer Buckley succumbed to the disease early Tuesday morning, according to Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway.
“Today, the City of Clermont lost a good cop and a great man,” Chief Broadway said, according to WKMG. “He was an outstanding police officer who cared greatly for his fellow officers and the community. He took tremendous pride in being a police officer and carried himself with confidence and integrity.”
Officer Buckley served with the Northeastern University Police Department in Boston for 12 years before he joined the CPD in January of 2018, the Daily Commercial reported.
“The Clermont Police Department is truly a tight-knit family and when you lose someone from a family, it hurts to the core,” Chief Broadway told the paper. “Conrad was a great father, husband, man, cop and friend. He loved being a cop and serving the Clermont community. We lost a hero and he will truly be missed.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Clermont Police Department Officer Conrad Buckley, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.