A serving police officer with the Metropolitan Police has died after testing positive for Covid-19, the troop said.
Pc Michael Warren, 37, joined the Met in 2005 and has served as a Territorial Support Group (TSG) official for the past four years.
Pc Warren was classified as “vulnerable” and had been screened at home and worked remotely to help his team, the Met said.
He died Tuesday morning after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this week. His parents Pauline and Alan, his partner Vicky and daughter Eden, eight, and son Joseph, five.
Pc Warren is believed to be the first officiating Met officer to have died after the coronavirus was diagnosed since the pandemic began.
Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said earlier this week that three other colleagues, including a police officer, have also died.
Karen Findlay, the task force’s chief superintendent, said, “Mike was a gracious, sincere, and hard-working police officer.
“Losing your life at the age of 37 is really heartbreaking and my deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to everyone who knew him, especially his parents Pauline and Alan, his partner Vicky and their lovely children.
“Mike was a devoted father and a good cop. He was friends with many of his colleagues beyond the Met and TSG. He had a dry sense of humor and was often the heart and soul of a team in a TSG wearer.
“Outside of work, he was a passionate Spurs fan and devoted his free time to one of the other passions of his life, motorcycles.
“Mike’s passion for policing and serving the London communities has been unwavering, even after starting shelter at home so he could focus on his health given the current risk of Covid-19.
“He regularly did everything to give his TSG colleagues virtual support and to do everything to create added value. Our police family has lost a friendly, genuine and enthusiastic police officer.
“He was very motivated to go back to the front lines and he talked regularly about how he was looking forward to putting on his uniform again and going on patrol with his colleagues.
“His death is a bitterly blatant and disturbing reminder of the human impact of this virus. I know we will all miss him dearly.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I would like to express my deep condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of PC Michael Warren, who passed away very sadly from Covid.
“My heart goes out to the entire Met family, who worked tirelessly on the front lines during the greatest public health crisis we have seen in our lives. They are the best of us and we owe them.
“Our key employees, including teachers, TfL staff, the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police, need to be protected by the vaccine as soon as possible.
“I will continue to urge the government to accelerate the introduction of the vaccine so that it can reach those who need it quickly, especially those with public roles who serve our city so valiantly and selflessly day and night.”