COVID-19 claims second Chicago police officer

Sgt. Clifford Martin | CPD

A 25-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department has become the second officer to die from complications of COVID-19, according to the department and a law enforcement source.

Clifford Martin, who worked as a sergeant in the department’s Central Detectives Bureau, died Friday after falling ill about 2-1/2 weeks ago, a source said. He was 56.

Martin’s death came one day after the department’s buried its first COVID-19 loss, Officer Marco DiFranco. The department ruled DiFranco’s death to be in the line of duty.

As of Friday evening, 237 CPD employees have reported positive COVID-19 test results, the department said. The department has confirmed 170 of those reports: 163 police officers and seven civilian employees, according to a police media statement. 

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