A 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department has become the eighth LAPD officer to die from complications of COVID-19.
Officer Becky V. Strong, most recently assigned to the department’s South Division Traffic, died Monday morning, the department announced in a tweet.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we mourn the loss of LAPD Police Officer Becky Strong, who passed away this morning from complications of COVID-19,” the department said Monday night. “Our deepest condolences go out to Officer Strong’s entire family, colleagues, and friends in this most difficult time.”
Strong, whose age was not immediately available, joined the department in 1994.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League also mourned Strong’s death in a Twitter posting, which read: “Our prayers and love go to the family and colleagues of LAPD Police Officer II Becky Strong who passed away from COVID-19 complications. Officer Strong faithfully protected our city for 27 years. RIP Officer Strong, you will be missed.”
Police Chief Michel Moore told the Police Commission on Tuesday that Strong’s death was “a bleak reminder … that this COVID-19 pandemic still continues.”
He said 36 additional members of the department tested positive for the virus in the last week, bringing the total number of cases to 2,796. Of them, 106 are home recovering, which is an additional 25 from last week.
Moore told the commission that he fully supports the city’s new requirement for employees to either show proof of vaccination or weekly negative COVID-19 tests.
“It is meant to save lives, both of our own personnel, their families, but also to make their encounters with the public safer,” Moore said.
Before Strong’s death, the department had lost seven sworn and two civilian employees to the virus since the start of the pandemic, a number that had gone unchanged since April when Sgt. Anthony White, who had worked for the LAPD since 1990, died of COVID-19 complications at age 54.
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