Chicago Police Sergeant Dies of COVID-19; Highlights Sacrifice by First Responders Nationwide

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

Sgt. Clifford Martin, a 25-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), passed away on April 10, 2020 as a result of COVID-19. He leaves behind three children, two of which became members of the CPD, and a wife. Interim Superintendent Charlie Beck, when interviewed yesterday, observed, “He worked his way forward to become one of the most respected detectives in the Chicago Police Department. When I talked to Cliff when he tested positive his first words were that he was concerned about his family, he wanted to tell me about his children, and he wanted to tell me how badly he wanted to come back to work.”

Sgt. Martin was admitted to the hospital after showing symptoms of COVID-19 on March 20. He joins one member of the CPD and one member of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) in succumbing to the virus. Marco DiFranco, a decorated undercover narcotics officer and 21-year veteran of the department, was laid to rest on Thursday morning. Mario Araujo, a 17-year veteran of the CFD, passed on Wednesday afternoon.

First responders are amongst the most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 as it ravages the country. Nearly 21 law enforcement officers, 10 firefighters, and one physician have died as a result of COVID-19 across the country.

Sgt. Clifford Martin, Chicago Police Deparment

Mario Araujo, Chicago Fire Department

Funeral for Officer Marco DiFranco, Chicago Police Department

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