Donations were being accepted Saturday to support the family of a sergeant who died from the coronavirus after working nearly 23 years for the Los Angeles Police Department as the death of yet another employee was announced.
Checks to the Los Angeles Police Relief and Assistance Foundation Blue Ribbon Trust Fund account in support of Sgt. Patricia Guillen can be mailed to Post Office Box 10188, Van Nuys, 91410, the Los Angeles Police Protective League announced.
Guillen, who was assigned to the 77th Community Police Station in South Los Angeles, died Thursday.
“We join LAPD in mourning the loss of Sgt. Patricia Guillen of @LAPD77thSt,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer tweeted. “We’re thinking of her family, colleagues and community members at this sad time, and honoring her many, many years dedicated to keeping Los Angeles safe.”
The latest reported LAPD coronavirus-related fatality was Security Officer Dexter De Los Santos, who died Friday, bringing to eight the number of department employees to die from the virus. He worked more than eight years in that position, officials said.
On Monday, the department announced the death of Officer Philip Sudario, a 25-year veteran officer assigned to the Southeast Community Police Station in South Los Angeles.
Other LAPD employees who have died of complications from COVID-19 are Sgt. Amelia “Terry” Martinez, 53, who died Jan. 12; police service representative Raymond Guerrero, a 24-year-old veteran who died Jan. 7; Sgt. Fred Cueto, a 22-year veteran who died in December; and non-sworn detention officer Erica McAdoo, 39, and Officer Valentin Martinez, 45, who both died in July.
“We thank you for your dedicated service,” the LAPD tweeted. “May you all Rest In Peace.”