New Bedford Police Officer Dead After Being Diagnosed With COVID-19

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.”

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"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.

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