Three more NYPD members die of COVID-19, police commissioner says

Maya Rajamani
April 13, 2020 - 5:09 pm
NYPD Member Coronavirus Deaths

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Three more members of the NYPD have died of COVID-19, the police commissioner said on Monday. 

In a tweet, Commissioner Dermot Shea said two NYPD detectives, Detective Jeffrey Scalf and Detective Raymond Abear, and an auxiliary police captain, Aux. Capt. Mohamed Rahaman, “lost their battles with COVID-19.”

Scalf was a member of the NYPD’s “Gang Squad Bronx,” while Abear was a member of the Queens Special Victims Squad. Rahaman was an auxiliary police captain with the 115th Precinct in Queens. 

“Devastated, we mourn with their loved ones as we vow to #neverforget our fallen,” Shea wrote. 

In its own tweet, the union that represents active and retired NYPD detectives said Abear and Scalf would “be remembered as two of ‘The Greatest Detectives in the World.’”

“Our prayers are with their families, who we will forever support,” the Detectives’ Endowment Association wrote. 

As of Monday, at least 23 NYPD employees had passed away due to coronavirus-related complications, according to the department. 

A total of 2,344 uniformed NYPD members and 489 civilian members had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday, and 6,522 uniformed members were out sick, the department said on Twitter.