MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Another South Florida law enforcement officer has succumbed to COVID.
On Thursday, the Miami Beach Police Department announced the loss of officer Edward “Eddie” Perez.READ MORE: Man Held Without Bond In Killing Of Baby, Babysitter In Coral Springs
“Today we lost a truly beloved and hardworking member of the Miami Beach family. Please pray for Eddie and his family,” said Chief Richard Clements in a statement.
Perez, a 25-year veteran of Miami Beach PD, leaves behind a wife and daughter.
His death comes just days after Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo said that at least four local law enforcement officers had died of COVID over the weekend.READ MORE: Report: South Florida Counties Have High COVID Levels, Despite CDC Numbers
One of those officers is Jennifer Sepot of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. According to FLPD, Sepot had been with the department since 2017.
Another was Miami-based trooper Lazaro R. Febles, who according to a GoFundMe page set up by friends and co-workers, died of complications from COVID-19. Febles served more than 11 years with the Florida Highway Patrol in Troop E – Miami.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Testing Site Finder
CBS4 is still trying to confirm whether two other South Florida law enforcement officers also died of COVID-19, as stated by Chief Acevedo.