Hero Down: Newark Special Police Officer Tolbert Furr Dies From Coronavirus
Newark, NJ – Newark Police Department (NPD) Special Police Officer Tolbert Furr died on Friday due to complications of COVID-19, according to his family.
The 59-year-old officer passed away at Clara Maass Medical Center, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said in a press release on Saturday.
“Special Police Officer Furr served the people of our city for 25 years,” Director Ambrose wrote. “On behalf of the entire Department of Public Safety, Chief of Police Darnell Henry and I extend our deepest condolences to Officer Furr’s family. He will be remembered with distinction for his longstanding commitment and service to our residents.”
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said that the entire city is grieving the loss of Officer Furr.
“The City of Newark grieves collectively with the family of Special Police Officer Furr,” Baraka said in the NPD press release. “This is a loss that touches us all.”
A total of 1,117 people had tested positive and 35 people had succumbed to the novel coronavirus in Newark as of Saturday, the Newark Patch reported.
"We are in some of the darkest days our profession has ever seen," New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan tweeted on Friday. "We have lost another #Hero, Newark special police officer Tolbert A. Furr. Officer Furr died due to complications with the coronavirus on Friday. Pray for his family, friends, and colleagues."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Newark Police Department Special Police Officer Tolbert Furr, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.