Florida sheriff’s lieutenant dies after weeks of hospitalization with coronavirus

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Lt. Aldemar “Al” Rengifo Jr., 47, of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) died on Sunday, according to a press release from the BSO. Rengifo had been hospitalized since July 27.

He is survived by his wife and son as well as a host of relatives and friends, the statement said.

Broward had one of the highest case numbers in Florida counties, and many of its hospitals reached capacity last month. County police have responded to large rallies and released hundreds of quotes in recent weeks.

Rengifo has been a member of the BSO for more than 20 years and was recently assigned to the Youth and Neighborhood Services Bureau, the statement said.

“True professional”, he was recognized “Detective of the year” in 2012, according to the press release.

“Lt. Rengifo was known for his commitment to the agency and the community and for his superior communication skills,” the statement read, adding that his supervisor wrote that he “can be counted on to maintain a calm and professional demeanor. facing complex and stressful situations. situations. ”

Broward County borders Miami-Dade County, which has been called the country’s new coronavirus epicenter by some experts. Another 48 cases on Saturday brought Miami-Dade’s death toll to more than 2,000, state health data showed.

The state reported 3,779 new cases as of Saturday alone, according to the Florida Department of Health.

CNN’s Jennifer Selva contributed to this report.

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