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Pittsburgh police sergeant dies after complications from COVID-19

PITTSBURGH — A veteran Pittsburgh police sergeant died Tuesday morning following complications from COVID-19, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police announced.

Sgt. Timothy Werner, 49, was entering his 22nd year with the department. He worked for many years as an officer in Zones 4 and 5, but most recently as a supervisor in the property room at police headquarters.

“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Sergeant Tim Werner. Tim has been a friend to many and a dedicated public servant for the City of Pittsburgh for many years. It’s going to be extremely difficult not seeing Tim at Police Headquarters every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He will be truly missed,” Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said in a statement.

Werner died at Mercy Hospital with members of his Pittsburgh police family by his side, the department said.

Funeral arrangements will be private.

Two other Pittsburgh police officers, both from Zone 6 in the West End, have died from COVID-19.

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Werner died a day after a COVID-19 vaccine mandate was announced for all city employees, including police, firefighters and emergency medical services workers.