Hero Down: New York Police Detective Cedric Dixon Dies From Coronavirus
Bronx, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Detective Cedric Dixon died on Saturday after contracting COVID-19.
The 48-year-old detective was admitted to Northern Bronx Hospital with flu-like symptoms on March 25, the New York Post reported.
Sources said he also suffered from diabetes and asthma.
Det. Dixon died at the hospital on Saturday morning, WABC reported.
The 23-year veteran-of-the-force served in the NYPD’s 32nd Precinct in Harlem, according to the New York Post.
"We are hurting, we are crying and we continue to fight," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said during a press conference on Saturday, according to WABC.
"I've spoken to many of his friends and coworkers since this morning,” Commissioner Shea added. “He was known as the person who would do anything to help you…He is going to be so sorely missed.”
Det. Dixon was the first NYPD officer to succumb to the novel coronavirus, the New York Post reported.
As of Saturday night, 18 NYPD officers were hospitalized due to the virus, 570 had tested positive, and 4,220 were out on sick leave.
Two civilian NYPD employees also succumbed to COVID-19 in recent days.
“We have lost three members of our family in a little over 48 hours,” Commissioner Shea said, according to the New York Post. “I cannot begin to describe what we are feeling, what the families of these three heroes are feeling.”
“For first responders, you just don’t often have the opportunity to isolate,” he added. “You go to the danger.”
NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo said that Det. Dixon’s sacrifice will not be forgotten.
“We are first responders, we are at a higher exposure rate than others and it is very difficult and uncharted borders for us,” DiGiacomo told the New York Post. “But we are out there doing the best job we can and this exemplifies what we are known for, the greatest detectives in the world, and Detective Dixon will always be known as the greatest detective in the world.”
Det. Dixon leaves behind his wife and children, WCBS reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Detective Cedric Dixon, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.