The Broward Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of another employee who had battled the coronavirus for over a month.
Sheriff Gregory Tony posted on social media that Communications Operator III Nikima Thompson died Monday in a Delray Beach hospital. Tony said that the 41-year-old Thompson had tested positive for the virus on April 2nd and battled for several weeks before being admitted to the hospital.
Thompson is believed to be the first communication operator in the state to die of the virus.
“Nikima is a long standing veteran of our team, and she is loved by so many who have had the pleasure of working alongside her,” said Regional Communication Division Director Angela Mize.
Thompson was a Miami native who joined BSO in 2003 and was promoted to her current position in 2006, assigned to the North division in Coconut Creek.
“The dedicated work of our communications operators is vitally important. They are often the unsung heroes who the public first encounters when they call for help," Tony said in a statement. "Like her colleagues, Nikima often served as a lifeline, connecting 911 callers to public safety responders. Her loss is deeply felt by all of her BSO family."
Thompson leaves behind her mother, sister and four children. No details were released on any funeral arrangements.