NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The coronavirus pandemic has left the NYPD in mourning.

Longtime police headquarters custodian Dennis Dickson died from COVID-19 Thursday at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

Dickson was a 14-year member of the police family.

The NYPD says he spent 17 days straight cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy and that he was on the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus, disinfecting 1 Police Plaza before falling ill.

As of Thursday, 294 uniformed NYPD members and 57 civilian members have tested positive for the coronavirus. A total of 3,674 uniformed NYPD employees were on sick report.


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