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Philadelphia Police Officer Dies of Coronavirus, Others Infected

Updated: Jun 5

By Brian X. McCrone, Mitch Blacher and Brandon Hudson Published April 6, 2020 Updated on April 7, 2020 at 12:10 pm


— A police supervisor in the Philadelphia Police Department's traffic division died over the weekend after becoming infected by the coronavirus, city officials said Monday. Lt. James Walker is the first known Philadelphia cop to succumb to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Mayor Jim Kenney said he is the first city employee to die from the virus. “This weekend, we lost a friend, a family member, a hero,” Kenney said. “Any death is tragic, but today, it hits close to home.


A police supervisor in the Philadelphia Police Department's traffic division died over the weekend after becoming infected by the coronavirus, city officials said Monday.

Lt. James Walker is the first known Philadelphia cop to succumb to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Mayor Jim Kenney said he is the first city employee to die from the virus.

The total confirmed cases for all citizens in Philadelphia was 3,728 as of Monday afternoon. Forty-five people, including Walker, have died.

Walker was 59 years old and worked as a police officer for 33 years. He died Sunday. City officials did not know when his last shift in active duty was.


Sources also told NBC10 that a couple dozen other Philadelphia police officers have tested positive. City Managing Director Brian Abernathy would not comment on the number of confirmed cases of city employees infected with COVID-19. Philly Police Battling Deadly Coronavirus Within the Department NBC10's Miguel Martinez-Valle reports on the efforts Philadelphia Police are making to protect against the spread of CVOID-19 after Lt. James Walker died from coronavirus complications over the weekend. Abernathy did say that the city's deployment of officers remains "consistent" and that sick time has not increased drastically. “It’s with a heavy heart that we send our deepest condolences to this officer’s family,” FOP Lodge #5 President John McNesby said in a statement.  “We should never forget the sacrifices of our officers and those on the front-lines battling this pandemic and working tirelessly to keep our great city safe.” This article tagged under: CORONAVIRUSPHILADELPHIACORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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