Amid surge of coronavirus-sickened police officers, deaths of two members of NYPD announced
Sabrina Jefferson, an NYPD school safety agent who died of coronavirus.
The NYPD announced Monday that two more members of its ranks have died, as the numbers of officers calling out sick amid the pandemic continued to rise.
School safety agent Sabrina Jefferson, 63, who joined the NYPD in 1994 and was assigned to Patrol Borough Queens South School Safety, died Sunday from COVID-19 complications, officials said.
“She was a true public servant with a big heart and infectious smile. RIP,” her boss, outgoing NYPD Assistant Commissioner for School Safety Ramon Garcia, wrote on Twitter.
Senior police administrative aide Gwendolyn King, 58, who worked in Police Service Area 3, which covers several city housing developments in Brooklyn, died Monday. Her coronavirus test results were not yet available. King joined the NYPD in July 1994.
As of Monday night, 824 cops and 106 civilians have tested positive for the virus. And nearly 5,200 cops have called out sick —about 14.4 % of all NYPD officers, or roughly one in every seven cops.
The surge in sick cops has forced the department to shuffle its personnel, including moving detectives assigned to gang and narcotics units to precinct detective squads.