An NYPD squad car

New York is the unquestioned epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. As of Thursday morning, 1,374 of the deaths caused by COVID-19 in the United States occurred in New York City, with another 585 deaths not yet assigned to any municipality within the state, according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

The people who deal with these coronavirus cases the most are those working on the frontlines: cleaning crews, medical professionals, grocery store staff, first responders, etc. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has been involved in a lot of the fallout due to the COVID-19 and its first staff member to die because of it was a janitor.

Dennis Dickson, 62, died last week due to COVID-19, reports Buzzfeed News. A city custodial assistant and employee of the department since 2006, Dickson was working to disinfect NYPD's headquarters when he became ill.

This was at least the second time Dickson came up big for the department during a crisis. In 2012, he worked 17 straight days in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Other NYPD employees and sworn staff have died as a result of COVID-19 since Dickson's death. Approximately 1,200 sworn staff and employees had tested positive for COVID-19 as of a Wednesday report