A 45-year-old Los Angeles Police Department officer died Friday due to the coronavirus, becoming the agency’s first sworn officer to fall victim to COVID-19.
“It is with profound sadness the Los Angeles Police Department is reporting the tragic passing of Police Officer Valentin Martinez … from complications due to COVID-19,” an LAPD statement said.
“He lost his courageous battle with coronavirus this morning. He is survived by his domestic partner, who is 20 weeks pregnant with twins, his mother and siblings.”
Martinez was assigned to the LAPD’s Mission Division, according to the department.
“He was a hero lost way too early in life,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League Board of Directors said in a statement. “All of our officers have placed themselves and their families at increased risk throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We honor their sacrifice today.”
Martinez is the second LAPD employee to die from the illness. Erica McAdoo, a non-sworn senior detention officer, died from the virus July 3. She was 39.