NYPD loses another member to coronavirus: auxiliary officer in Queens

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April 03, 2020 - 9:38 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An auxiliary NYPD officer, a traffic enforcement agent and a school safety agent have died from the coronavirus, officials said.

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    NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said auxillary officer Lynford Chambers died Thursday of complications from the coronavirus.

    “Our prayers are with his friends & family during this difficult time,” Shea said.

    The 113th Precinct in Queens, where Chambers served, tweeted Friday that Chambers had been a volunteer since 2017.

    The announcement of Chambers’ death comes days after police said detective Cedric Dixon had died. He was the first uniformed member of the department to pass away from the virus.

    The NYPD also said traffic enforcement agent Karisma Dargan and school safety agent Roniece Watson had died from the virus this week. They had served three years and 16 years, respectively.

    Last week the department lost two civilian employees: One Police Plaza custodian Dennis Dickson, 62, and police administrative aide Giacomina Barr-Brown, 61.

    The New York Post reports that an NYPD school safety officer, 63-year-old Sabrina Jefferson, also died from the virus.

    It total more than 1,400 NYPD members have tested positive for the coronavirus. Earlier this week, Commissioner Shea said some 5,600 officers—more than 15 percent of the department—had called out sick.

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