A Chicago police officer blocks the road to the Adler Planetarium along Lake Michigan Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
UPDATED 3:33 PM PT — Thursday, April 2, 2020
A Chicago police officer has fallen victim to the coronavirus. On Thursday, city Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Officer Marco Di Franco had passed away after falling ill from the virus last week.
He was hospitalized over the weekend and died with his family by his side.
This marked the first death in the city’s police department from COVID-19. The mayor shared her condolences with the officer’s colleagues and family.
“This officer was an example of what our first responders, our essential workers, are doing every day to serve our city and keep it running, keeping us safe…The searing loss is yet another reminder of the lethal danger of COVID-19, the danger that it poses to our city and that the numbers that we hear every day are more than just statistics. They represent our neighbors, our grandparents, children, colleagues and friends.”
– Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago
According to the department’s chief of communications, they are exploring if his passing meets the standards for a line of duty death classification.
Di Franco is survived by his wife, brother and two children. He was a 21-year veteran of the force. He was 50-years-old.