The New York Post has reported that NYPD Transportation Chief William Morris is on life support due to complications from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Morris was expected to be pulled off life support after his family gets to the hospital, the Post reported.
According to the Post, police sources said Morris was on life support on Tuesday, and doctors were waiting for his son to arrive before removing the transportation chief from life support. One reporter pointed out that the Post initially reported that Morris had died, but then updated the headline to state that he is on life support.
Heavy reached out to the NYPD for a statement on Morris’ condition and received confirmation that the transportation chief remains in the hospital on life support.
Morris Is the 2nd NYPD Chief to Be Hospitalized With the Coronavirus
The 61-year-old is a three-star chief in the NYPD who oversaw traffic and highway patrol throughout New York City. He was appointed to the position in December 2019, according to a press release from the NYPD. Prior to that, he was the chief of personnel. Morris had been with the NYPD since July 1981 and served in many commands and as an officer during his time with the police force, according to a 2018 press release.
The transportation chief is not the first NYPD chief to be hospitalized with the virus. Edward Delatorre, the NYPD Chief of Transit, was previously hospitalized with COVID-19 in March, but he has since recovered, according to the Post.
The Daily Mail reported that Morris had had contact with Delatorre, including as recently as March 13, and was “nervous” when he learned Delatorre tested positive for COVID-19.
The NYPD has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with 31 NYPD members dying of the virus — six uniformed members and 25 civilians. As the Post reported, 4,435 members of the force had tested positive for the virus as of the evening of April 20.
New York City is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. According to the New York State Department of Health, as of April 21, there were 139,385 coronavirus cases in New York City and 10,657 deaths.
Many Have Posted Prayers & Well-Wishes for the 61-Year-Old Chief of Transportation
Chris Monahan, president of the Captain’s Endowment Association, told the Daily News, “Chief Morris has dedicated his life to the NYPD. We are praying for him and his family and we hope he recovers.”
Many took to Twitter to share well-wishes and prayers for his recovery. One user said, “Prayers for Chief Morris,” and another added: “Please let’s keep Chief Morris and his family in our prayers! His son is a Marine Officer ORAH! NYPD Transportation Chief William Morris on life support with coronavirus.”
NYPD Assistant Commissioner for School Safety Ramon Garcia tweeted: “Chief William Morris is in our prayers. NYPD Chief of Transportation is on life support with COVID-19.”
The Community and NYPD Liaison, Abraham Rosenberg, posted:
He wrote: “Prayers for a speedy Recovery to NYPD Transport Chief William Morris on life support with coronavirus.”
After the erroneous Post report that Morris had died, social media users also retweeted the story and shared their condolences.