'Pray for this detective and his family:' NYPD officer dies by suicide in Queens

Kimberly Dole
February 17, 2020 - 11:17 pm
Queens Official

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 53-year-old off-duty NYPD officer died by suicide Monday, the NYPD confirmed. A 29-year-veteran and 9/11 first responder, the officer reportedly died in his mother's house in Queens.

"Today, we tragically lost another member of the NYPD family," NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted. "PLEASE—If you or ANYONE you know is Going through something, help is available."

"Pray for this Detective and his family," the Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted.

"Deeply sad to hear of the death of Det. Paul Federico, a 29-year veteran and 9/11 first responder who fought hard for his fellow first responders," State Senator Andrew Gounardes tweeted.

Federico worked in the NYPD's liaison unit.

The Detectives' Endowment Association said in a lengthy Facebook post, "Today, the members of the Detectives’ Endowment Association mourn the loss of our brother, Detective Paul Federico.

Paul was a dedicated 29-year veteran of the NYPD whose kindness and caring personality touched thousands of fellow cops and New Yorkers. As we all grapple with this tragedy, the thoughts and prayers of the DEA are with his family. Rest In Peace, Detective."

New York Attorney General Letitia James tweeted, "Sending my deepest condolences to the family of Detective Paul Federico. Det. Federico dedicated his life to protecting our city & we are all grateful for his service."

The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. in Middle Village, the Daily News reported.

In 2019, there was a string suicides within the department, prompting the NYPD to overhaul suicide prevention methods.

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