The Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc. — Paul DiGiacomo, President

Coronavirus poses a tough question: Did NYC essential workers die in the line of duty?

May 4, 2020

“There is no difference between being shot in the line of duty and dying from this coronavirus,” Paul DiGiacomo, the union president, said. As he spoke, two other detectives lay in critical condition from the illness.

He is instructing his members to maintain scrupulous records documenting instances of potential exposure. “We do not know what the future holds, and whether those who test positive for antibodies may suffer harm down the road,” reads a memo the union posted online Friday.

“We’re documenting everything to make sure that all of our detectives are protected and this mistake doesn’t happen again like it did on 9/11,” DiGiacomo said.

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