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Hammond officer dies from COVID-19, FOP says
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Hammond officer dies from COVID-19, FOP says

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Sgt. Thomas E. Sawyer, 53, died after a difficult fight against the virus, which he contracted while working. 

HAMMOND — A city police officer died Thursday from COVID-19, police said Thursday.

Sgt. Thomas E. Sawyer, 53, died after a difficult fight against the virus, which he contracted while working, the Hammond Police Department said.

"We are heartbroken as there are no words for the sadness we feel," the department and Hammond FOP Lodge 51 said. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the Sawyer family and those who love Tom."

Sawyer, a U.S. Air Force veteran, served with Hammond police for 23 years.

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Police and the FOP said more details would be released as Sawyer's funeral is planned.

He is survived by a his wife and two children, police said.

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