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Paterson police officer, father of two children, dies from coronavirus


A Paterson police officer has died from coronavirus-related complications, according to municipal officials.

Francesco Scorpo, who had been working as a police officer for five years, died on Sunday morning. After joining the police force on Jul. 20, 2015, he served in the patrol and traffic divisions.

Scorpo is survived by his wife of six years, Kristina, and two children, 4-year-old Francisco Jr. and 6-month-old Santino, officials said.

Police officer Francesco Scorpo and his family.

Police officer Francesco Scorpo and his family.

“We’re saddened by this loss,” said Mason Maher of the PBA Local 1. “He was a terrific, terrific guy.”

Scorpo was just 34 years old, said Maher. “He was a young man with young children that’s why it makes it so sad,” he said.

Scorpo is the first municipal employee to die from the virus. A dozen police and firefighters have the virus, officials revealed last month. Several dozen others, who came in contact with them, have been placed under quarantine.

Municipal officials allowed nearly 500 police and firefighters to receive Covid-19 testing last week.

“Francesco Scorpo was an exemplary police officer and the consummate professional. I always enjoyed seeing him in action. My sympathetic sorrow goes out to his family,” said mayor Andre Sayegh.

Sayegh himself has tested positive for the virus.

The mayor said Scorpo lived in Montville with his family.

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  • Paterson Resident

    RIP. One less cop. Not good

  • Dingo jones

    Much respect and condolences to the family of the officer, ALLWAYS sad when a young person with a young family passes. But what I would like to know is why the family of this man allowed to have this huge funeral and precession when every other family CAN NOT. If the answer is because was a police officer, well that is not right, a persons job should not have any bearing on if the family is allowed to lay them to rest or not, if we are I. A state of emergency that's means everyone is. NOT RIGHT