Troy police sergeant passes away after battle with coronavirus


TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A sergeant with the Troy Police Department has died after fighting the coronavirus.

Det. Sgt. Randy French passed away on Thursday, according to Troy police.

NEWS10 ABC previously spoke with the sergeant’s wife, Danielle, about his battle with COVID-19. She said he was initially diagnosed with the virus on March 31, and his condition quickly spiraled.

“You kind of feel helpless,” she said at the time. “He was just getting worse and worse and worse. That’s what was happening every day. The news just kept getting worse.”

However, he later received a plasma transfusion and showed some signs of improvement.

At the time of his illness, Sgt. French was assigned as the Commander of the Special Operations Section.

He joined the Troy Police Department on July 18, 2003 and was assigned to various roles throughout his career, including within the Patrol Bureau, Detective Bureau and the Emergency Response Team.

In addition to his law enforcement service, he was also a New York State Certified Paramedic.

In April 2016, Sgt. French was part of an extended investigation into his recollection of and involvement in an officer-involved shooting. His wife previously told NEWS10 the outpouring of support her family received during his illness proved to her communities could put differences aside to help each other in need.

“There was a time when he was made to feel like he was a horrible person, and that took a toll on him. But he’s been serving this community for years and years, and this love and support we’re getting from the community really tells me it hasn’t gone unnoticed or unappreciated,” she said.

Sgt. French is survived by his wife, their daughters Caitlyn and Juliana, his father, William, mother-in-law, Linda, sister, Chrissy and sister-in-law Kimberly.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden issued the following statement after the sergeant’s passing:

“I’m saddened to learn of the death of Police Detective Sergeant Randall French, whose life was tragically cut short after a long and difficult fight with COVID-19. Sgt. French was a dedicated member of the Troy Police Department whose 16 years of service earned him the respect of his fellow officers, law enforcement professionals, and community members.

“Like all law enforcement officers, Sgt. French made a career working to improve neighborhood quality-of-life, remove illegal guns and drugs from our streets, and engage the community on positive initiatives to create a safer, more welcoming community for all Trojans. From his service as a paramedic, continued support and advisement with the Troy Police Cadet Post, and his leadership with the Special Operations Section, Sgt. French personified public service in the field of public safety.

“His death is a profound loss for the department and the entire City of Troy. On behalf of the Mayor’s office, Deputy Mayor Kurzejeski, department heads and City employees, we extend our sincerest condolences to the French family during this incredibly difficult time.”


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