#schoolsafety | ‘He dedicated his life to service;’ NYPD housing cop dies of COVID-19

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Bronx NYPD housing officer with more than a decade of service died Sunday after a bout with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the department announced.

Angel Santiago, a member of the NYPD’s Housing Public Service Area 7 in the Bronx, first served as a school safety agent before becoming a police officer in 2016.

“This morning, we lost another member of our NYPD family to COVID: @NYPDPSA7 Officer Angel Santiago,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea wrote on Twitter. “Angel proudly served NYers for more than 11 years — first as a school safety agent, then as a police officer. Angel, & his loved ones & colleagues, will forever be in our prayers.”

Santiago worked within the NYPD for 11 years, his unit wrote on Twitter, adding, “He dedicated his life to service.”

At the height of the pandemic in New York City, nearly one-fourth of the department’s uniformed workforce was out sick. In total, the NYPD has reportedly logged 54 COVID-related deaths in its ranks.

“As the NYPD helps lead our city out of the unprecedented realities of the pandemic, it’s not without great tragedy,” wrote former Chief of Department Terence Monahan. “The death of @NYPDPSA7‘s Officer Angel Santiago underscores the selfless and dedicated service of NY’s Finest — at any cost. My prayers are with his loved ones.”

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