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Tributes to ‘devoted’ police officer who died after Covid infection

Colleagues of PC John Fabrizi say they have "been deeply affected by his death"

28 January, 2021 — By Bronwen Weatherby

PC John “Fab” Fabrizi

TRIBUTES have been paid to a police officer who died after a coronavirus infection.

Police Constable John Fabrizi – often called “Big John” or “Fab” – was described as a “gentle giant”, and “an officer that did so much good in one lifetime”.

The 60-year-old passed away on Sunday and is one of five serving officers to have died from Covid this month.

Also known as EK81 – the call sign of the police car he always drove – PC Fabrizi joined the Metropolitan Police in 2010 as a PCSO, becoming a police officer two years later.

His time on the force was spent serving the Camden area on the response team, then the night-time economy team and most recently the neighbourhood task force.

He was born and raised in London and leaves behind his wife Rowena and daughter Caroline.

Floral tributes have been placed on a bench inside Kentish Town Police Station along with a police helmet and a framed photograph of PC Fabrizi in honour of his memory.

Sergeant Alvaro Aracena-Fuentes said: “I know that I am speaking for hundreds of people, from in and outside the Met, when I say what an amazing man John was, how loved he was and how missed he will be.

Tributes laid out in Kentish Town Police Station

“The loss of John is tragic. He was such a hard-working, valuable member of our team. He joined the force later in life and he really was an inspiration to many, as he would talk to anyone and get the job done with a smile on his face.

“He was still young, and strong – as tough as old boots really – and we really hoped he’d make it but he didn’t. It just goes to show the virus can target anyone. We’ve all been deeply affected by his death,” he added.

Other members of the force have remembered fondly his willingness to engage in friendly debates.

One officer described how he “would love to have discussions in the backyard of Kentish Town,” adding: “He always had an opinion about any subject.”

Borough commander Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli said: “It is clear how much John was loved by his colleagues. And I have been fielding so many messages from non-police people about John. That is because John was loved by all who knew him – including me.

“When I saw his picture I realised how much we would miss this gentle giant.”

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick offered her condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of the officers who have died and said she was “deeply saddened” by the news of all five who had died from the virus.

“Policing is a family and the scale of our loss is truly shocking,” she said.

“They are the most recent Met police victims of this awful virus and we miss them.

“Covid has had a devastating impact on so many people across not just London but the whole country. As this recent awful news shows, policing is not immune. Police officers and many of our staff cannot fight crime or protect the vulnerable by working at home.”

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