Hero Down: NYPD Detective Jeffrey Scalf Dies From Coronavirus
Bronx, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Detective Jeffrey Scalf died on Monday after contracting COVID-19.
The 46-year-old detective had been with the department for 14 years, according to the New York Post.
Det. Scalf was assigned to the Bronx Gang Squad at the time of his death.
The U.S. Marine Corps veteran also formerly served with the NYPD’s 44th Precinct.
Det. Scalf was a decorated officer who had previously been named as Detective of the Month by the Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA), Newsday reported.
“Our detectives, like every NYPD member, are out there on the front line and have a high risk of contracting this terrible virus,” DEA President Paul DiGiacomo during a recent interview, according to the New York Post. “It’s a very dangerous time for New York City detectives and all first responders.”
DiGiacomo said that law enforcement officers are struggling with the near-impossible task of protecting themselves from attacks on multiple fronts.
“You’re out there risking your life every day, one, from the criminal element, and two, from what I call the invisible bullet, this coronavirus,” he said, according to the New York Post. “Then you are going home and possibly taking it home to your families, which is very disturbing for all first responders.”
Det. Scalf succumbed to the illness within hours of fellow NYPD Detective Raymond Abear falling victim to the same disease.
“Detectives Raymond Abear and Jeff Scalf dedicated their lives to fighting crime and tirelessly serving the people of New York City,” DiGiacomo told WABC. “This is a very sad time for the DEA, but as we mourn the losses of our brothers in blue - New York City Detectives will not relent in their commitment to keeping this city safe.”
“We make a solemn vow to never forget our fallen, and to forever support the families of these heroes,” he added.
Det. Scalf leaves behind his wife and three children, according to the New York Post.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Detective Jeffrey Scalf, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.