NYPD Detective Dies of Coronavirus in The Bronx

By Kevin Deutsch
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An NYPD detective died of COVID-19 in the Bronx Saturday, becoming the first service member to perish from the virus, authorities said.

Cedric Dixon, 48, who worked in the 32nd Precinct in Harlem, died at North Central Bronx Hospital.

A 23-year veteran of the force, Dixon is the third NYPD employee to die from the virus. An NYPD administrative aide in the Bronx is also among the fatalities.

“We have lost three members of our family in a little over 48 hours,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Saturday. “As I stand here I cannot begin to describe what we are feeling, what the families of these three heroes are feeling.”

“For first responders, you just don’t often have the opportunity to isolate,” she said. “You go to the danger.”

More than 500 NYPD members have already been infected by the virus, authorities said.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.