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St. Pete Police Officer dies from COVID-19 complications

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Aug 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-31 05:02:05-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.  — The St. Petersburg Police Department said on Friday that an officer has died from COVID-19 complications.

According to the department, Officer Michael Weiskopf, 52, passed away on Friday morning. He joined the department in 2003 and was part of the Traffic Section Crash Investigation Unit.

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The department said he leaves behind a grieving wife and extended family.

A police procession will escort Officer Weiskopf's body from Bayfront Health to Gross Funeral home at 1:45 p.m. The procession route will be 8th Street South, north to 1st Avenue North, proceeding west in front of the Police Department, south on 58th Street to Central Avenue, and proceeding west to Gross Funeral home.

Members of the Police Dept. will line 1st Avenue North in front of Police Headquarters, 1301 1st Avenue North, and the flag will be lowered as the procession passes.

Funeral services for Officer Michael Weiskopf will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, August 31, at The Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue North. 4th Avenue North will be closed between 8th Street North and 5th Street North, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Due to concerns with COVID-19, the services inside are only open to media and a very limited group of people on a guest list. Anyone inside the Coliseum is required to wear a mask.

The police department said the funeral services would be live-streamed on their Facebook page.

No other information was immediately available.

The deaths of two other law enforcement officers in the Tampa Bay area related to COVID-19 were also announced this week.

The death of Polk County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Broadhead, 32, was announced on Monday. Deputy Broadhead died after battling COVID-19 in the hospital for several weeks.

Manatee County Sheriff Deputy Douglas Clark's death was announced on Thursday. The 67-year-old died after nearly two weeks in the hospital fighting COVID-19.