SERGEANT
CLIFFORD W. MARTIN
Star #: 1456
Unit of Assignment: Office of Operations, Bureau of Detectives, Unit 610 – Bureau of Detectives – Area Central
Age: 56
Appointed: January 3, 1995
End of Watch: April 10, 2020
Served: 25 years, 3 months, 7 days
POLICE OFFICER
RONALD NEWMAN
Star #: 6622
Unit of Assignment: 4th District – South Chicago
Age: 59
Appointed: December 18, 2000
End of Watch: April 17, 2020
Served: 19 years, 3 months, 30 days
INCIDENT DETAILS

Sergeant Clifford W. Martin, Sr., Star #1456, aged 50 years, was a 25 year, 3 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Office of Operations, Bureau of Detectives, Unit 610 – Bureau of Detectives – Area Central.

On March 20, 2020, Sergeant Martin began experiencing minor symtoms of COVID-19 and went to the ER at the University of Chicago Hospital to be tested. On March 22, 2020 at 10:43 a.m., Sergeant Martin was placed on the “Medical Roll“ after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. On March 29, 2020, he was hospitalized at the University of Chicago Hospital, located at 5700 South Maryland Avenue, where he was admitted to the ICU and would later succumb to the illness. He was pronounced dead by Dr. Avery Tung at 12:27 p.m. on April 10, 2020. On April 14, 2020, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Superintendent Charles Beck announced that Officer DiFranco’s death would be classified as in the line of duty. Sergeant Martin was the second Chicago Police Officer to die in the line of duty from COVID-19.

Sergeant Clifford W. Martin, Sr., born June 4, 1963, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on January 3, 1995 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. On February 16, 2014, he was promoted to Sergeant. He earned 1 Police Officer of the Month Award, 9 Department Commendations, 2 Joint Operations Awards, 5 Attendance Recognition Awards, The 2019 Crime Reduction Award, The 2009 Crime Reduction Award, The 2004 Crime Reduction Award, the NATO Summit Service Award, 1 Democratic Convention Service Award, 7 Honorable Mentions, 1 Physical Fitness Award and 8 Complimentary Letters during his career.

Sergeant Martin was waked at Calahan Funeral Home located at 7030 South Halsted Street and he was laid to rest on April 21, 2020 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Sergeant Martin was a member of the Police Benevolent & Protective Association. He was survived by his wife, Robin R. and three children: Clifford Martin, Jr. (CPD), age 23.

Incident Recorded under RD #JD206287.

INCIDENT DETAILS

Police Officer Ronald Newman, Star #6622, aged 59 years, was a 19 year, 3 month, 30 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 4th District – South Chicago.

On March 23, 2020 at 5:50 a.m., Officer Newman was placed on the “Medical Roll“ after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. On March 25, 2020, at 4:16 p.m., Officer Newman began experiencing breathing problems and went to the ER at the Little Company of Mary Hospital, located at 2800 West 95th Street, Evergreen Park, IL. He was admitted to the ICU and would later succumb to the illness. He was pronounced dead at 1:47 a.m. on April 17, 2020. On April 19, 2020, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Superintendent Charles Beck announced that Officer DiFranco’s death would be classified as in the line of duty. Officer Newman was the third Chicago Police Officer to die in the line of duty from COVID-19.

Police Officer Ronald Newman, born January 28, 1961, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on December 18, 2000 and was in Recruit Class 00-7 at the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 12 Department Commendations, 1 Honorable Mention Ribbon Award, 1 Unit Meritorious Award, 1 Joint Operations Awards, 4 Attendance Recognition Awards, The 2019 Crime Reduction Award, The 2009 Crime Reduction Award, The 2004 Crime Reduction Award, the NATO Summit Service Award, 118 Honorable Mentions and 6 Complimentary Letters during his career.

Officer Newman was waked at Leak & Sons Funeral Home located at 18400 South Pulaski Road, Country Club Hills, Illinois and he was laid to rest on April 23, 2020 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Officer Newman was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Chiquita L. (Civilian CPD), age 51, son and stepdaughter.

Incident Recorded under RD #JD211066.

SERGEANTS PROMOTED – Class of 65 to Start 09 Mar 2020

Congratulations to the newly promoted Sergeants. Class starts 09 Mar 2020 @ 0800 hrs. Pre Service Training will begin at the Public Safety Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Multi-Purpose Room, Chicago, IL 60653 and be conducted at the Education and Training...

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