‘A proud officer who served the people of this city with his whole heart’: New Bedford police officer dies after battle with COVID

“Sgt. Cassidy loved being a Police Officer and went above and beyond to impact the lives of others in a positive way.”
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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE)- The New Bedford Police Department is mourning the passing of a Veteran officer after a battle with COVID-19.

The department said Sergeant Mike Cassidy died after a battle with COVID-19.

Sgt. Cassidy was a U.S. Marine who served in Desert Storm before coming back to New Bedford.

Cassidy joined the Police Department in 1994, and throughout his career served in Uniform Patrol Narcotics, Criminal Investigations and Firearms.

Sgt. Cassidy achieved the New Bedford Life Saving Awards in 2006 and 2018, along with “numerous citations and commendations for his military and police service from the City, the Commonwealth of MA, and the US Senate and Congress/Recognition of American Red Cross Real Hero’s Award.”

In 2018, Cassidy was honored after while off-duty shopping at Market Basket, he saved a cashier who suffered a medical emergency.

The cashier immediately fell unresponsive. Sgt. Cassidy immediately recognized what was happening, and began CPR on the employee, saving her life.

“This is a tremendous loss to our department and to the City of New Bedford as we all know Sgt. Cassidy was a proud Officer who served the people of this city with his whole heart,” said Acting Chief Paul Oliveira.

“Sgt. Cassidy loved being a Police Officer and went above and beyond to impact the lives of others in a positive way.”

The New Bedford Police Department asked the public to keep the Cassidy family in your thoughts and prayers.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell issued a statement Wednesday on the passing of Sgt. Cassidy.

The department said arrangements will be announced at a later date.

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