Longtime Philadelphia police officer dies from COVID-19

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- During a news conference, city officials said a Philadelphia police officer died Wednesday due to complications from COVID-19.

Managing Director Brian Abernathy said officer Jose Novoa was 62 years old and had served in the department for 27 years.

Officer Jose Novoa

Novoa, who worked in the 9th district, leaves behind a wife, two daughters and two granddaughters.

Novoa's death comes one day after the Philadelphia fire department announced the line-of-duty death of a firefighter who was battling COVID-19.

Firefighter Eric Gore passed away Tuesday at Temple University Hospital.
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