Norton police officer dies of COVID-19 after weeks in hospital

"He was a loyal, trusted and dedicated member of this department."

A Norton police officer has died from COVID-19, the Norton Police Department announced Wednesday evening.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Desfosses, 52, “proudly and distinctly served the community of Norton for over 30 years,” the department wrote.

“He was a loyal, trusted and dedicated member of this department,” the statement reads. “Please take a moment to remember Detective Sergeant Desfosses and keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

It is with great sadness that Chief Brian Clark and the members of the Norton Police Department announce the passing of…

Posted by Norton Police Department onĀ Wednesday, January 13, 2021

He was in the intensive care unit of a Boston hospital for three weeks, the Sun Chronicle reported, and died peacefully with members of his family by his side.

A GoFundMe page has raised over $100,000 for his family as of Wednesday evening. Desfosses leaves behind a wife and children.

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