Cop's 21-Year-Old Son Is Youngest Coronavirus Patient To Die In Colorado
Aurora, CO – The 21-year-old son of police officer is the youngest victim to die of coronavirus so far in Colorado.
Cody Lyster, a baseball player at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) in Grand Junction, succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to KDVR.
Both of Lyster’s parents also tested positive for coronavirus, but they have since recovered.
Kevin Lyster, Cody’s father, is a University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus police officer, KDVR reported.
Cody was working on his degree in criminal justice, according to a letter to the campus community from CMU President Tim Foster.
Officer Lyster said he had been looking forward to his son following in his professional footsteps and joining a police department after graduation, KDVR reported.
"One thing I looked forward to is, there’s a ceremony when you join a police department, and it’s called the pinning of the badge,” the sad father said. “This disease, this virus is horrible and it took my son.”
He was referring to a new police officer’s swearing in ceremony, when Cody’s father would have pinned his son’s badge to his uniform for the first time.
Officer Lyster said his son was the last person you would have expected to die from a flu-like virus.
"Cody's a strong individual. He's an athlete, he's a baseball player," Officer Lyster told KDVR. "This virus doesn't discriminate."
Sierra Lyster, Cody’s sister, called her brother a "fighter."
"He's always been there for me. He was my best friend," she said.
The university president’s letter said that Cody was the first CMU student to die from coronavirus and that he had not contracted the virus on campus, KDVR reported.
“The professors, friends and teammates of Cody Lyster will miss him dearly,” Foster wrote. “It is a sober reminder that we must do all that is in our power to stop the virus from unnecessarily impacting more Mavericks. Each time we make the sacrifice of social distance, or carry the burden of an everyday life that is changed, let us replace the statistics and headlines with the memory of Cody.”
“In this way we are reminded that momentary choices to contribute are not inconveniences, but are contributions to limiting grief, loss and hardship for friends, family and fellow Mavericks,” he continued. “The fact that Cody did not contract the virus on campus is a painful reminder that even as students remain at home, and engage remote learning, that certain risks remain for all people of all ages.”
“The loss of Cody to COVID-19 is CMU’s first,” Foster confirmed. “His passing may not be the only grief we share together during the pandemic. Let us each take a moment today to reflect in our own way about how we can, as a campus community, work together with a common goal. Let’s renew our individual commitments to uniting against a common threat to life that we face together at this time.”