A serving detective has become the latest member of the emergency services to pass away after becoming infected with COVID-19.
53-year-old British Transport Police Detective Constable John Coker succumbed to the illness last night (17th April).
DC coker was initially taken ill on 22nd March with symptoms of Coronavirus. After his condition deteriorated, he was admitted to hospital and transferred to an intensive care unit to receive critical treatment.
Despite the best efforts of medical staff, DC Coker’s health did not improve.
Paul Crowther, Chief Constable of the British Transport Police, Said:
“My thoughts are with John’s family, for whom the last three weeks have been incredibly difficult and who will be struggling to deal with this most distressing outcome.
“Local colleagues have been in constant contact with John’s wife and will pass on the heartfelt condolences of us all.
“BTP will continue that support over the coming days, weeks and months.
“Understandably, this is a very difficult time for John’s wife and family, and they have asked for privacy.
“My thoughts are also with the many officers and staff who worked alongside John, as we each come to terms with this truly awful news.
“John has been part of the BTP family for over a decade and became a Detective Constable within the CID department at Euston where he was much loved and respected by all those he worked with.
“His colleagues remember a man who was charismatic, kind and thoughtful and took everything in his stride.
“He will be greatly missed by all in the Force”.
A spokesperson for the British Transport Police tweeted to say:
“Devastating news. John’s loss will be felt throughout the force. We are supporting his family. Thank you for your kind words, we will ensure they know how much John will be missed”.
DC John Coker | British Transport Police
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