NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — New Bedford Police Sgt. Mike Cassidy died from COVID-19, the department announced on Wednesday.
The 52-year-old joined the police department in 1994.
“This is a tremendous loss to our department and to the City of New Bedford as we all know Sgt. Cassidy was a proud Officer who served the people of this city with his whole heart,” Acting Police Chief Paul Oliveira said in a statement. “Sgt. Cassidy loved being a Police Officer and went above and beyond to impact the lives of others in a positive way.”
"Mike was an exemplary, respected and well-liked officer, and someone I called a friend," New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Debbie, and his family."
In honor of Cassidy, the mayor ordered for all flags at city buildings be lowered to half-staff.