Lieutenant Robert Van Zeyl

Lieutenant Robert Van Zeyl

Suffolk County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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Robert Van Zeyl

Lieutenant Robert Van Zeyl died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Lieutenant Van Zeyl had served with the Suffolk County Police Department for almost 36 years and was assigned to the 2nd Precinct. He is survived by his two children.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

Bio

  • Age 60
  • Tour 35 years, 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Sunday, January 3, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
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Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

September 23, 2021

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