By Kevin Deutsch
A Sunrise Police Sergeant from Coral Springs is in critical condition after contracting COVID-19 on the job, leaving him in need of a lung transplant, authorities said.
Darwin Arroyo, a former Marine who lives locally with wife Shamile and two daughters, “was victim to a COVID exposure at work” on Aug. 3, according to a GoFund Me page launched by Sunrise FOP Lodge 80.
“He is now in critical condition and has been placed on a ventilator,” the fundraiser’s organizers wrote. “We are patiently waiting for a lung transplant. When a lung becomes available, he will be transported 100s of miles from his home and family to undergo the procedure. Your donation will help with travel and lodging for the Arroyo family during this critical time.”
Coral Springs Police shared news of Arroyo’s condition on their social media pages Tuesday, encouraging followers to read about his plight.
“One of our Coral Springs residents is a City of Sunrise Police Department member,” the department wrote on Facebook. “He and his family are in need of prayers, help, and hope.”
Arroyo, a member of Church by the Glades, served in the United States Marine Corps, where he was stationed at Camp David and provided security for former President George W. Bush.
After his tour at Camp David, Arroyo was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq with the 3rd Battalion 7th Marine Regiment, according to the GoFundMe page.
In July 2007, Arroyo was hired as a Sunrise Police Officer and has served as a Road Patrol Officer, Sniper Team Leader on the SWAT Team, Detective, Fire Investigator, Gang Task Force Officer, and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Officer.
“To know Darwin is to love him,” the fundraiser’s organizers wrote. “If he did not make you smile at the first hello, he would find a way to break the barrier with something funny or sarcastic. If that failed he would start singing until you could not help but smile or maybe even laugh.
“Today, his family, his friends, his co-workers, and his community miss him dearly and pray daily for his recovery.”
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