New York, NY – U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer Omar Palmer died on May 4 following a monthlong battle against COVID-19.
Officer Palmer, 40, was placed on a 14-day quarantine on April 1 after he was potentially exposed to a fellow employee who had contracted the novel coronavirus, the CBP said in a press release.
His mother contacted the department on April 6 to notify them that Officer Palmer had began experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 one day after the potential exposure.
“His condition deteriorated rapidly and he was transported to Franklin General Hospital,” where he was admitted to the intensive care unit, the CBP said.
On April 18, Officer Palmer was transferred to North Shore University Hospital, where he was placed into an induced coma.
He succumbed to the illness on May 4.
Officer Palmer began his CBP career on July 13, 2003, according to the press release.
He was assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he worked in Passenger Operations in Terminal Four.
Officer Palmer leaves behind his mother, a retired CBP employee, as well as many other friends and family members, according to his department.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Officer Omar Palmer, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.