Coronavirus News: NYPD Chief of Transportation William Morris dies of COVID-19

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- NYPD Chief of Transportation William Morris has died of COVID-19 after nearly 39 years of service to New York City.

Morris had been hospitalized on life support for months and Commissioner Dermot Shea announced he died Saturday.

"The condolences & prayers of the entire department are with Billy & his loved ones during this difficult time," Shea said.

Morris is considered the highest-ranking NYPD official to die of coronavirus.

Morris was 61, a three-star chief, and oversaw the traffic division and the NYPD's highway patrol.

He was elevated to this command last December when Shea became commissioner and began assembling his team.



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