Hero Down: NYPD Detective Jack Polimeni Dies From Coronavirus
New York, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Detective Jack Polimeni died on Friday after contracting COVID-19.
The 23-year veteran-of-the-force died from complications of the novel coronavirus, according to the New York Post.
Det. Polimeni joined the NYPD in 1997, and was assigned to the Fugitive Enforcement Division’s Warrant Section at the time of his death, according to the New York City Patch.
“The prayers of every member of the Detectives’ Endowment Association are with Detective Polimeni’s loving wife and family,” Detectives’ Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo said in a statement to the New York Post. “We will forever be here to support them.”
DiGiacomo described the novel coronavirus as “an invisible bullet to the men and women on the front lines of this crisis,” the New York Daily News reported.
The New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) said it was heartbroken to learn of Det. Polimeni’s death.
“Today we mourn the loss of Det. Jack Polimeni who died from complications after becoming infected w/ COVID-19,” the PBA said in a Facebook post. “Our hearts are broken as we & the entire City mourn the loss of another one of our brothers to this terrible disease. We send our condolences to his family.”
New York Chief of Department Terence Monahan released a statement vowing to keep Det. Polimeni’s memory alive.
"A beloved husband, friend, and NYPD cop — we mourn his loss together as one family united in our fight against this pandemic," Chief Monahan said, according to WNYW. "We continue our solemn vow to never forget our brothers and sisters in blue."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Detective Jack Polimeni, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.