Local nonprofit Back the Blue is organizing a fundraiser for the family of Las Vegas police officer Philip Closi, who died of complications from COVID-19 earlier this month.
Closi, a 21-year Metropolitan Police Department veteran, worked as a patroller in the Metro Convention Center patrol area, which includes the Strip.
The 48-year-old also worked as a drug resistance education program officer, wrote school violence awareness programs, served on the board of directors of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association and was a volunteer coach for its two children’s hockey teams at City National Arena. Metro said in a statement Monday.
“He approached every situation in life with an incredible sense of humor and had a strong desire to help others,” the statement said, adding that Closi was a committed family man who made friends wherever he went. .
Closi is survived by his wife and two children, Metro said. He was the fifth known Metro employee to die from the coronavirus.
Lt. Erik Lloyd, 53, died on July 29, 2020, followed by the deaths of 70-year-old retired detective Michael Karstedt on January 30, 70-year-old civilian employee John Melwak on October 23, and the ‘Officer Jason Swanger, 41, June 24.