‘All hands on deck.’ Nearly 20% of Greenburgh police test positive

Nearly 20% of Greenburgh's police force tested positive for the coronavirus last month, including the chief.

News 12 Staff

Apr 15, 2020, 8:56 PM

Updated 1,501 days ago

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Nearly 20% of Greenburgh's police force tested positive for the coronavirus last month, including the chief.
The department is made up of 112 police officers and Chief Bryan Ryan, who tells News 12 that 20 people out of 54 tested were deemed positive.
With himself included in the lineup, he’s grateful his symptoms were only mild. “Thankfully the symptoms weren't as serious as other people, but certainly knocked you for a loop,” says Chief Ryan.
Ryan says residents needn't worry since, despite the coronavirus hitting the department hard, they are still keeping the community safe. Since numerous officers were out of work, the unit had no choice but to improvise.  “It's all hands on deck. We have officers on specialized units now back on patrol...” confirmed Ryan.
Many of the sick officers have returned to the force ready to serve.
“This is our duty, and we're here for the town, we're here for each other,” shared Lt. Kobie Powell. “It's a testament to the officers and the EMS personnel that we have working here that people are continuing to come in, put themselves at risk and do what they need to do indeed.”
Ryan says his entire building, as well as all the vehicles, have had to be thoroughly cleaned several times.
Their EMS crews enforced an overabundance of caution. “They're really taking no chances with any patient that calls for help at this point,” says paramedic supervisor Jared Rosenberg.
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