Norwich [CT] — Veteran police Lt. Josip Peperni died late Tuesday due to complications related to COVID-19, leaving colleagues at the department in shock and mourning for a trusted supervisor, mentor and friend.
The Lyme resident died Tuesday at the age of 57, according to a brief obituary online. He was not vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to Norwich City Manager John Salomone.
From reading the story, Lt. Peperni became a cop in his late 30s. He was not long from being eleible to retire, which he would have been able to do, except he chose to not be vaccinated.
COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for police officers; not taking a simple precaution against the disease makes no sense.