NYPD detective who survived 9/11-related cancer dies of COVID-19

Detective Robert Cardona was a 19-year veteran of the NYPD


Irene Spezzamonte
Staten Island Advance

An NYPD detective who survived 9/11-related cancer has died due to coronavirus.

Detective Robert Cardona was a 19-year veteran of the NYPD and leaves behind an 8-year-old son after succumbing to the illness, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison.

“Today we lost another great detective to COVID-19 complications,” Harrison said on Twitter.

Cardona is at least the 26th member of the NYPD to have died from coronavirus complications. Six of the victims were uniformed members and the other 20 were civilian employees.

Traffic Enforcement Agent Carol Ryer, assigned to Bronx Traffic Enforcement, also died on Wednesday. Ryer became a member of the NYPD on Nov. 9, 1992.

Officers continue to conduct citywide patrol to ensure social distancing measures are being followed, according to the department.

COVID-19: Law enforcement deaths

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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