Fort Lauderdale, FL – United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer Richard McCoy died on May 3, following a lengthy battle against COVID-19.
The 60-year-old officer began feeling ill on March 18, and immediately went on sick leave, CBP said in a press release on May 13.
On March 26, Officer McCoy advised his department that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
He began experiencing difficulty breathing two days later and called 911, at which point he rushed to the hospital and admitted into intensive care.
Officer McCoy was “placed into an induced coma as doctors attempted to treat advanced symptoms of the disease,” the CBP said.
After weeks of fighting the illness, Officer McCoy succumbed to COVID-19 on May 3.
He served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years prior to joining CBP on July 6, 1997.
Officer McCoy served in a number of ports during his career, and was assigned to the Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades Port of Entry at the time of his death.
Officer McCoy leaves behind his wife, his young daughter, and his parents.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of United States Customs and Border Protection Officer Richard McCoy, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.