Hammond police officer dies of COVID-19

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HAMMOND, Ind. — An officer in Hammond has died after a difficult fight against COVID-19, according to the police department.

Sgt. Tom Sawyer of the Hammond Police Department died Thursday, according to a Facebook post. Officials said the Air Force veteran, who began his service with the department in Dec. 1997, contracted the virus while working on the job.

The post reads, in part: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother, Sgt. Tom Sawyer of the Hammond Police Department. Sgt. Sawyer entered the Kingdom of God today after a difficult fight against Covid-19 contracted while working as an officer. We are heartbroken as there are no words for the sadness we feel as a department and FOP.”

The department said he is survived by his wife and two children.

“We are heartbroken as there are no words for the sadness we feel as a department,” Hammond police said.

Visitation for Sgt. Sawyer will take place on Wednesday, June 23 between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Bethel Church, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point, IN.

Service with full line-of-duty honors will take place on Thursday, June 24 at 11 a.m., also at Bethel Church.

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