Sgt. Stephen Desfosses, 52, a veteran of more than 30 years with the Norton Police Department, died on January 13.
He was one of at least 231 officers who died of Covid-19 this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP).
The total stands at 476 Covid-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic, compared to 94 from gunfire in the same period.
Reasons cited for the vaccine resistance among law enforcement officers range from disinformation to distrust in the science of the vaccines.
This is something you volunteer for," said Charles Ramsey, a former Washington, DC police chief and CNN law enforcement analyst.
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