BREAKING: Detroit Officer Dies Of Coronavirus, Department's 2nd Death In 2 Days

Sandy Malone

A Detroit police officer died of coronavirus just one day after one of the department's 911 dispatchers succumbed.

Detroit, MI – A Detroit police officer has died of coronavirus, just a day after a 911 dispatcher for the Detroit Police Department died from the rapidly spreading virus.

WXYZ first reported on the police department’s second death in as many days on Tuesday evening.

The police department has not yet released the fallen hero’s name, nor any information about whether he was exposed to the coronavirus on duty.

A 38-year-old Detroit police dispatcher died early Monday morning after he returned from vacation sick and went to work.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the dispatcher, whose name also has not been released, traveled out of state on vacation during the week of March 9.

When he returned to work on March 16, he wasn’t feeling well and ended up taking sick leave the following day, the mayor explained during a press conference on Tuesday.

The dispatcher worked one more shift on March 18 before he took another sick day on March 19.

He was admitted to intensive care for suspected bronchitis on Saturday, WJBK reported.

Duggan said that the dispatcher’s COVID-19 test result did not come back until hours after he passed away early Monday morning.

Wayne State University Dr. Robert Dunne, who has been working with the department’s employees, said that the dispatcher did not have any significant pre-existing medical issues.

"It is not just elderly people who are dying of this disease," Duggan said during the press conference. "It is critical that we respect the social distancing rules."

The mayor said he is withholding the dispatcher’s name out of respect for his family.

“The thoughts and prayers of every Detroiter are with you today,” Duggan told the employee’s loved ones.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he has spoken with the employee’s parents on multiple occasions.

The dispatcher served the City of Detroit for a total of 11 years. He initially worked for the city’s transportation department before he joined the DPD eight years ago, Chief Craig said.

“Make no mistake – our 911 call-takers, our dispatchers are indeed first responders,” the chief continued. “He was beloved. He was respected by all who worked with him…He’s going to be truly missed.”

The Detroit Police Department’s (DPD) had already established a backup 911 center to be utilized in the event the primary facility was ever compromised, WJBK reported.

The 911 operators have already been moved to the backup facility while the primary center is being deep-cleaned.

"Had this happened two years ago, this would have been an operational difficulty," Duggan explained. "Because we have [other] sources, I doubt any citizens were even aware the transition took place."

The dispatcher’s death was the first COVID-19 fatality for DPD.

Nearly 300 DPD officers have been quarantined and nine have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Tuesday, WJBK reported.

As of Tuesday, the state confirmed that 1,791 people had tested positive for coronavirus in Michigan and 24 people have died, WDIV reported.

Comments (41)
AprilShowers2
AprilShowers2

God grant the families both blood and blue peace within. We pray for healing of the other officers who have become ill. In Jesus name Father God. Amen 🙏

Please be kind in your comments. He obviously had no idea or he wouldn’t have come to work. There are still other illnesses that people get sick with other than covid-19.
11 years on the job, and with this outbreak, I’m sure they’ve been working overtime too. God bless them all. 🙏 💙

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

huh. this thing is turning out to be a hell of a hoax, isn't it?

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GForce48
GForce48

Who has called this a hoax?

LEO0301
LEO0301

I saw a picture yesterday of hundreds of Californians riding bikes and walking on a pathway near some beach. All were young and irresponsible, kind of like you. And like you they believe because they are young there isn't anything to worry about. I also saw an article about four college students who returned from a Florida spring break at the beach who came down with the virus. Now I know you've changed you tune and are now holed up in a bunker somewhere but it wasn't too long ago where you were bragging about black people not getting sick or dying from the virus. You spoke about how your blackness gave you some sort of superhuman power. So maybe it was you who called it a hoax.....

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

ignorant liberals say POTUS called it a hoax, despite many fact checkers confirming that he never said that. But certain groups of people like repeating lies, because they believe if you say a lie enough times, it will be accepted as the truth

But The Associated Press called this characterization “distorted” since the agencies haven’t seen loss of funding and have a “playbook to follow for pandemic preparation” regardless of who is president.

Trump described the “politicizing” of the White House’s response to the disease as an attempt to undermine his administration, likening it to Democrats’ impeachment drive and the Russia investigation.
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“They tried anything,” said Trump about a minute after his first mention of the coronavirus. “They tried it over and over. They’d been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. It’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax.”

When looking at the entirety of Trump’s remarks, it appears the “new hoax” comment refers to the Democrats’ alleged “politicizing” of his response to the coronavirus threat—not the coronavirus itself.

The Hill, the Daily Beast and Slate, among other news outlets, reported that the “hoax” comment referred to Democrats’ criticism.

Slate’s headline was “Trump Slams Democrats Over Coronavirus Criticism: ‘This Is Their New Hoax,’” while the Daily Beast headline read, “Trump: Democrats’ Coronavirus Criticism a ‘New Hoax.’”

At no point in the rally did Trump directly call the novel coronavirus outbreak a “hoax” or “conspiracy.” In fact, he referred to the respiratory virus as a “public health threat” and reiterated that “we have to take it very, very seriously. That’s what we’re doing. We are preparing for the worst.”

See, facts actually matter, but not to people like @Hi_estComnDenomn

flybynight
flybynight

I think the "hoax" part if anything is that it's a boomer remover. Looks more and more like the virus doesn't play favorites.

Mo_
Mo_

I haven't seen anyone calling it a hoax.

flybynight
flybynight

If that's what his greatness thinks, he better be blacker than telephone. I'm just glad he didn't take my advice and visit those LA homeless camps.

flybynight
flybynight

The ring leader of tribe 13, that's who.

Conservative4Ever
Conservative4Ever

Fake News. The president never called it a hoax.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Lol, remember when he said he had it controlled?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

You sound scared and mad. Hey, if i get it, i get it. By the mumbers, me, my wife and kids will be fine if we get it.

You? Not so much. And shouldn't you be telling fellow olds to take it more seriously? Like Jim.

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

Remember when you spread stupid lies like a deranged idiot
........oh, wait.....still happening

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Do you think this will be all over by easter?

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Anyone who hasn't seen the signs that this is a major hoax has their heads in the core of the earth. Right from the beginning when you see celebrities admitting they have Hoax-19, you know this is Freemason theater. Search event-21, and watch Bill Gates on Ted X talking about the need to reduce the human population. This hoax has Freemason numerology and symbolism all over it! I literally watched two minutes of a news cast from Italy and spotted fakery. Russia and some other countries are not on board with the Hoax. Not even the Bahamas. Wake you asses up people or dumb on... I bet you didn't know that in 2012 congress quietly lifted the propaganda ban, making it legal for the news to spew diarrhea to Americans

LEO0301
LEO0301

Not scared or mad. As I've said before, I've lived a full life while you are just starting out. I'm actually surprised I've lived this long so everyday is a bonus to me. Now for you, well if anyone should be scared it's you. What I pointed out in my previous comment is how irresponsible and selfish your generation is and why many of you will end up giving your parents the virus and killing them. It's happening already and who knows, maybe it will happen to your parents. Let's hope not because I imagine that would be tough for you to live with.

flybynight
flybynight

What amazes me is how smart he's gotten in only 35 short years. Truly astounding!!!!

PS: Don't you mean parent?

h1ghest_commdenom
h1ghest_commdenom

LOL, I know the only jokes old white people know online are "you live in your mom's basement," but as I've told you over and over now, I don't live with my parents. How exactly would I get them sick if I don't live with them?

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

No, I don't think it is a hoax however people do die every year from the flu and garden-variety viruses. One does ponder however the "convenience" that this virus has brought to the Democrats since we all know that neither of their Presidential candidates appeals to most of the masses. All of a sudden there is little being said about either candidate or their plans for the country. Could this be intentionally neglected by the media? Did this simply come along at an opportune time for the Democrats to be able to divert media attention away from their candidates, and keep the candidates out of the headlines?

flybynight
flybynight

"It is not just elderly people who are dying of this disease," Duggan said during the press conference. "It is critical that we respect the social distancing rules."

Very interesting

JCRPI
JCRPI

HIPPA regulations need to be suspended to protect our first responders and health care workers who need to know, beforehand, if someone they will be dealing with, or have recently dealt with, is - or was - infected.

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

The Democrats murder babies all year long, thousands, but anyone that dies, not on purpose like the babies, and they raise hell. I hope they note the word HELL.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

If an officer has a heart attack, they name him/her. If the officer had 9/11 related illness, they name the officer. The fact that this article doesn't name names, gives more support to the hoax-19 virus. Sadly, most people consume the Freemason owned news without question. USA INC. at work folks, wake up, ......or don't.


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