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.
We are sad to announce the passing of our own NYPD family member, Custodial Assistant Dennis Dickson. Mr. Dickson faithfully served this department for 14 yrs & is the 1st member to succumb to the COVID-19 virus. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/YIKzhMXsuc— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) March 27, 2020
As of Thursday, 281 people in New York City have died of the virus.