Community pays final respects to New Bedford police officer who lost battle with COVID-19

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Hundreds of officers from departments across the state are paying tribute to a New Bedford police sergeant who passed away last month after contracting COVID-19.

Sgt. Mike Cassidy was a 27-year veteran of the force and served in the U.S. Marines during Operation Desert Storm prior to joining the New Bedford Police Department.

He is also credited with saving the life of a Market Basket employee in 2018 as he was grocery shopping.

“If it wasn’t for him, I would have died,” Stacy-Jo Romanski previously told 12 News. “He’s my angel in heaven, my hero.”

Along with several other accolades over the course of his career, Cassidy received two New Bedford Life Saving Awards, one of which he earned when he saved Romanski.

Lt. Scott Carola worked alongside Cassidy for 21 years and said it was an absolute honor to have him not only as a colleague, but a friend.

“He established a strong bond with the people that he worked with and he had so much energy,” Carola said. “I’ll never understand how he was able to have so much energy for two families: One being his own with his wife and daughter and the family he had when he walked through the doors to the station.”

“You always knew he was there when he came to the station,” he continued. “Everybody who knew who Mike was and Mike was available to anybody that needed him within the department.”

Cassidy’s funeral will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. His burial will be private.

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