CHICAGO — A third Chicago officer has died from complications of COVID-19, the department announced Friday.
The officer, who was identified Friday as 59-year-old Officer Ronald Newman, died overnight.
Newman was assigned to the 4th District on the city’s South Side and was a 19-year veteran of the force.
CPD Supt. David Brown said he spoke with Newman’s partner who said he was a private man but said those who took the time to get to know him were rewarded with friendship that was enduring, dedicated and loyal.
Newman’s last day of work was March 22. He was hospitalized four days earlier.
“I had the opportunity to speak with his widow and offer our deepest condolences to her and the family and our continued support in this time of grief,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
Newman left behind a son, step-daughter, and his wife, who works as a works as a civilian employee for the Office of Community Policing.
The other two officesr who have died due to the virus are 56-year-old Sgt. Clifford Martin and 50-year-old Officer Marco DiFranco.
The superintendent said members have received enough masks and gloves, and said they received training and guidance.
The police union said it continues to work with the department on more ways to protect first responders.