“A widely respected colleague most recently assigned to Park Station, Jack served our City and our department honorably and well for more than 17 years, in roles that included a variety of assignments,” Chief Bill Scott said in a statement. “I will share more information about plans for his remembrance as they become available. In the interim, please keep Jack, his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
According to his wife, Melissa Nyce, Jack Nyce tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 2. “He loved being a cop,” she told the Chronicle. The symptoms of the 17-year veteran of the department became severe on Saturday after which he was transported by the ambulance to a local hospital and died later that day, Melissa Nyce said.
According to The Washington Post, Nyce’s death comes at a time in which many police departments across the country are struggling to enforce city vaccination mandates. While several officers have threatened to resign over vaccine requirements, some even have protested and urged others to ignore the deadline with them under the movement “hold the line.” Lawsuits have also been filed by police officials who are requesting exemptions to the vaccine requirement.
According to the Chronicle, almost 200 members of the San Francisco Police Department have applied for a religious exemption from the city’s employee vaccine mandate, the highest number of waiver requests from any city department across the country.
As of Monday, the city’s human resources department confirmed that 98% of employees are now vaccinated. Nationwide studies have shown that COVID-19 is the No. 1 killer of law enforcement officers in 2021.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there were at least 269 officer deaths reported due to COVID-19 in 2021. Gunfire was listed as the second leading cause of death in officers, with 54 deaths.