Another police officer dies from COVID-19

Another member of the Uniformada lost his life after being infected with COVID-19, reported today, Friday, Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced.

At a press conference to announce a new Executive Order aimed at handling the rebound in coronavirus cases that has been on the rise since the beginning of the month, the governor announced that agent Juan Ramírez Padilla, from the Río Grande barracks, died of the illness.

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published by The Fortress of PR on Friday, November 13, 2020

“We send our deepest condolences and our condolences to the family of agent Ramírez and to the families of all our officers who have lost their lives due to this virus in the line of duty,” he said while addressing the press.

Vázquez Garced also explained that as of today there are 189 police officers positive for COVID-19. Eight other barracks remain closed for similar reasons, he explained.

In written statements, Escalera mourned the death of the police officer who served more than 30 years.

“It is with deep sadness that we report that we have lost two colleagues due to Covid-19. This pandemic has affected all sectors and our police officers have been on the front lines, working for the security of the Puerto Rican people. During this emergency we have fired five brave colleagues who, despite the circumstances, stood firm in their oath to protect lives and property. Today we unite in a single feeling, asking for the eternal rest of these comrades and above all, peace for their families ”, said the official.

Escalera Rivera explained that Rodríguez Hernández, who died on November 4 in a hospital in the Metropolitan area, served in the Police for more than 33 years, being recognized for his sense of responsibility and commitment. His death is reported today due to the time it took for the Bureau of Forensic Sciences to certify the cause of death. Meanwhile, agent Ramírez Padilla, who was also in a hospital in the metropolitan area, died this morning. The latter dedicated 25 years to the Bureau, standing out for his excellent work in the Preventive Impact Unit, Port Security and the Security and Protection Office.

The commissioner explained that both policemen will be promoted, after dying in the line of duty and once the families make the relevant decisions, they will be informed about the funeral service.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety (DSP), Pedro Janer Román highlighted that “The Puerto Rico Police Bureau and the Department of Public Safety are in mourning. We join in a prayer for the rest of your soul and strength for your loved ones. In these times of emergency, our police officers are an integral part of the first line of defense and risk their lives to protect the Puerto Rican people. I call on citizens to take all precautionary measures, for their health and that of thousands of men and women who are going the extra mile to protect us all ”.

During this emergency, five members of the Police Bureau have died from Covid-19.

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