WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – A police officer from Glen Ridge is fighting for his life after his heart stopped due to coronavirus complications Tuesday morning. Police departments throughout New Jersey have been deeply impacted by the spread of COVID-19 through their ranks.
The Glen Ridge police department posted on Facebook that Officer Charles "Rob" Roberts, was taken to Mountainside Hospital after officers and members of the ambulance corps were called to his home. Officers and EMTs performed "life-saving measures" before taking him to the hospital, according to the post.
"Officer Roberts is a staple in our community, know for his wonderful smile, and unofficially as Mr. Glen Ridge," the post said. "We appreciate all of our residents for thinking of Rob and his family during this difficult time."
Statewide, more than 1,700 of New Jersey's 36,000 police officers are in two-week quarantines – almost one out of 20. That includes 657 who've tested positive for the virus, Sgt. Jeff Flynn, a State Police spokesman, said Monday.
That's an improvement over last week, when more than 2,500 cops were in quarantine, with 722 testing positive. Six officers statewide have died of the disease, according to the New Jersey Policemen's Benevolent Association's Facebook page.
Roberts is one of several Glen Ridge officers who have tested positive for the coronavirus. A message left for Glen Ridge's police chief was not immediately returned.
Over the years Roberts has been featured in the Glen Ridge Voice newspaper, a USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey publication, for reading to children, participating on a mock car crash to education students, organizing fundraisers, and for being part of No Shave November to raise awareness for men's health issues. He's been a member of the department since 2000, records show.
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