Hero Down: New York Police Officer Eric Murray Dies From Coronavirus
Harlem, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Eric Murray died on Thursday after contracting COVID-19.
Officer Murray, a 14-year department veteran, died from complications of the novel coronavirus, an NYPD spokesperson told the Harlem Patch.
Prior to his career with the NYPD, Officer Murray spent several years working as a New York City traffic enforcement agent, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said.
He joined the NYPD as a patrol officer in January of 2006, according to the Harlem Patch.
"Eric served the people of NYC for nearly 17 years, first as a Traffic Enforcement Agent, then as a Police Officer,” Commissioner Shea tweeted. “His loved ones are in our prayers.”
Officer Murray was assigned to the 25th Precinct at the time of his death.
“Another one of our brothers has lost his life to the pandemic,” the New York City Police Benevolent Association said in a Facebook post on Thursday. “Police Officer Eric Murray of the 25 Pct. passed away today from COVID-19 complications. Another hero who sacrificed his health protecting our city. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”
Officer Murray was a “courageous cop” and a “devoted” husband and father, according to the New York City Detectives’ Endowment Association.
“Our deepest condolences and prayers are with his family,” the association said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Officer Eric Murray, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.