NYPD detective who survived 9/11-related cancer dies of COVID-19
Detective Robert Cardona was a 19-year veteran of the NYPD
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.
Today we lost another great detective to Covid-19 complications. Detective Robert Cardona is a 19 year veteran and leaves behind an 8-year-old son. While assigned to the 13th Precinct Detective Squad, Robert was a 911 cancer survivor and dedicated DEA delegate. pic.twitter.com/WUIdAVBufz— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) April 16, 2020
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.