25-year CPD veteran becomes second officer to die of COVID-19 complications

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CHICAGO – A second Chicago police officer has died of COVID-19 complications, the department confirmed Friday.

The officer was a sergeant in the Area Central detective division. His identify is not known at this time

The department currently has 151 confirmed cases of COVID-19 after 17 more were announced Thursday.

The officer’s passing comes after the death of 21-year veteran Officer Marco Di Franco, 50, who was laid to rest Thursday in a private burial service.

Di Franco contracted the virus at the end of March and spent a weekend in the hospital before he died.

His death is officially recognized as “in the line of duty.”

Sources tell WGN he was 56, had an underlying health condition and was a 25-year veteran of the department. The officer was in a supervisor role and also had a son on the force.

In a message to the department, interim CPD Supt. Charlie Beck said he was “saddened to share the devastating news.”

I am saddened to share the devastating news that a second Department member passed away today from complications of the COVID-19 virus.

We are still working to inform extended family members and more information will be released as soon as possible. We can confirm this is a sworn member who worked in the Area Central Bureau of Detectives.

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