Officer Robert Williams, a 20-year veteran of the West Palm Beach Police Department, died Monday due to complications from COVID-19, the department announced.
Williams, 47, is the first West Palm Beach police officer to die from COVID-19, according to Assistant Police Chief Tameca West.
Approximately 50 officers have been infected by COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year, West said.
The department doesn’t require its officers to be vaccinated. Williams’ vaccine status is not known.
Williams, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, where he was being treated.
Williams was on vacation in Colorado when he was hospitalized, West said.
Williams is survived by his wife and two sons.
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