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Custodial assistant first NYPD member to die from COVID-19

Posted: 8:44 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 21:40:51-04
Dennis Dickson
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NEW YORK — A custodial assistant is the first member of the New York Police Department to succumb to coronavirus.

The NYPD announced that Dennis Dickson, a 14-year employee, died from the virus.

A custodian assigned to Police Headquarters, Dickson died earlier Thursday at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. .

According to the NYPD, Dickson once spent 17 days at the headquarters building during Superstorm Sandy, assisting with emergency cleanup operations.=

"Mr. Dickson faithfully served this department for 14 years and is the 1st member to succumb to the COVID-19 virus. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time," the NYPD tweeted.

As of Thursday, 281 people in New York City have died of the virus.