Hero Down: Paterson PD Officer Francesco Scorpo Dies From Coronavirus
Paterson, NY – Paterson Police Department (PPD) Officer Francesco Scorpo died on Sunday due to COVID-19 complications.
Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora and Director Jerry Speziale confirmed the 34-year-old officer’s tragic death in a press release later in the day.
Officer Scorpo tested positive for the novel coronavirus two weeks ago, Director Speziale told NJ Advance Media.
He succumbed to complications of the illness at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.
Officer Scorpo served in the traffic and patrol divisions after joining the PPD in July of 2015, according to the joint press release.
“Officer Scorpo was a dedicated public servant who served our profession and our community with pride, honor and distinction,” Chief Baycora and Director Speziale said.
He leaves behind his wife of six years, Kristina, as well as his two sons, four-year-old Francesco Jr. and six-month-old Santino.
Officer Scorpo is also survived by his mother and father.
“Officer Scorpo was a family man who cared so very much about people and his profession,” Chief Baycora and Director Speziale said. “He will be remembered not only for being an exemplary police officer, but as an exceptional and very special human being.”
Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh also offered his condolences to the fallen officer’s loved ones.
"Francesco Scorpo was an exemplary police officer and the consummate professional. I always enjoyed seeing him in action,” Sayegh told the Wayne Patch. “My sympathetic sorrow goes out to his family."
A fundraising campaign established to help the young officer’s family in the wake of their loss has raised over $14,900 so far.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Paterson Police Department Officer Francesco Scorpo, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.