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LAPD officer dies from COVID-19 complications

A 27-year veteran officer with the Los Angeles Police Department died from COVID-19 related complications on Monday morning, Aug. 2, the department announced.

Officer Becky Strong was identified by the LAPD on Monday evening. She began working for the department in 1994 and was recently assigned to the South Traffic Division, the LAPD said.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Officer Strong’s entire family, colleagues, and friends in this most difficult time,” the LAPD said in a tweet.

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we mourn the loss of LAPD Police Officer Becky Strong, who passed away this morning from complications of COVID-19. Our deepest condolences go out to Officer Strong's entire family, colleagues, and friends in this most difficult time. pic.twitter.com/iZANUFlIyN

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) August 3, 2021

As of July 27, the LAPD had reported nine deaths related to COVID-19 infections, with seven being sworn officers and two civilian employees, the City of Los Angeles said on Friday, July 30.

In total, the LAPD has had 2,787 employees test positive for COVID-19 and one reported reinfection, the city reported. As of Friday, 102 LAPD  employees were self-isolating at home due to exposure, the city said.

Prior to Strong’s death, the last reported COVID-19 death reported among LAPD officers was that of Sgt. Anthony White in April.

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