MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As galore arsenic 4 South Florida constabulary officers succumbed to COVID-19 implicit the weekend, according to City of Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo.
Following a promotion ceremonial connected Monday, Chief Acevedo spoke to reporters astir the expanding fig of COVID cases successful South Florida erstwhile helium mentioned the deaths.
“Just this past weekend, I deliberation we had astatine slightest astir 4 officers successful the greater South Florida country that person died from COVID. So I’m praying for them and their families and anticipation that immoderate bully volition travel retired of those losses,” said the chief.
One of those officers is Jennifer Sepot of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. According to FLPD, Sepot had been with the section since 2017.
Another is Miami-based trooper Lazaro R. Febles, who according to a GoFundMe page acceptable up by friends and co-workers, died of complications from COVID-19. Febles served much than 11 years with the Florida Highway Patrol successful Troop E – Miami. However, the Florida Highway Patrol has not confirmed his origin of decease yet.
CBS4 is inactive trying to corroborate whether 2 different South Florida instrumentality enforcement officers besides died of COVID-19, arsenic stated by Chief Acevedo.
Meantime, the main said helium is encouraging constabulary officers successful his section to get vaccinated and travel the science.
“I privation to proceed to propulsion to get our guys and ladies to get vaccinated,” said Acevedo who added helium wants everyone to travel the science. “When I privation a upwind report. I don’t spell to a politician. I spell to the weatherman. When I get sick, I don’t spell to City Hall. I don’t spell to the governor’s mansion. I don’t spell to the President. I don’t spell to anybody but my doctor. So let’s assistance enactment 1 different by conscionable pursuing the science.”
Monday’s ceremonial was held to beforehand 1 Deputy Chief of Police, 1 Assistant Chief, 2 Police Commanders, 1 Chief of Staff to his enforcement unit and 2 patrol sergeants.
The recently assignment Deputy Chief is replacing fired Deputy Chief Ronald Papier who was terminated, on with his wife, Commander Nerly Papier successful June for their “involvement successful a non-injury vehicular clang and the administrative handling of the crash.”