COVID Risks Plague Kansas City Metro Police

A tragic recent death brings the public's attention back to the safety of front line workers and first responders  . . . 

Important law enforcement testimony . . .

For Overland Park's Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Brandon Faber, this is the third officer he's lost in the past 15 months. He said for more than a year it's felt like they were trying to come out of a fog, and things were getting better when they got the news about Officer Castro, and the feelings came rolling back.

"It's getting kinda tough burying our people," Faber said.

He said about 75% of the department is vaccinated. He'd like that to be 100%.

"My hope is that it does drive more people to get vaccinated," Faber said.

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Visitation, services announced for OPPD officer who died of COVID-19

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -- As family members prepare to lay Overland Park Police Officer Freddie Castro to rest after his battle with COVID-19, a task force is examining the impact of the deadly virus on law enforcement. On Tuesday, fellow officers helped escort fallen officer 23-year-old Freddie Castro from the hospital where he fought COVID-19 for 37 days.

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