Though Dixon, who sources said suffered from asthma and diabetes, is the third member of the NYPD to die from the virus and first officer to die from coronavirus
An administrative aide in the Bronx died Thursday, the same day Dennis Dickson, a 62-year-old cleaner at 1 Police Plaza was also claimed by COVID-19.
“We have lost three members of our family in a little over 48 hours,” Shea said. “As I stand here I cannot begin to describe what we are feeling, what the families of these three heroes are feeling.”
The NYPD detective died after contracting coronavirus — the first officer to succumb to the disease.
The tragic news comes as the virus continues to impact the department, with some 4,220 cops out sick, 570 testing positive and 18 hospitalized as of Saturday night, law enforcement sources told The Post.
The 48-year-old crime fighter who lost his life, identified as Cedric Dixon, worked in the 32nd Precinct in Harlem, officials said.
The 23-year veteran cop passed away Saturday morning at North Central Bronx Hospital, where he was admitted Wednesday with flu-like symptoms, police sources told The Post.
“I can tell you that I’ve spoken to many of his friends and coworkers since this morning, and he was known as the person that would do anything to help you,” said NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea at a press conference Saturday. “If you had something broken, he was particularly fond of fixing technology and electronics.”
“He is going to be so sorely missed.”
“He was a very good cop,” said a fellow officer who worked alongside Dixon in The Bronx’s 40 Precinct. “Great personality.”