CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs police and other public safety departments mourned Tuesday the death of a member of Broward Sheriff’s Office emergency 911 dispatch team after she lost her battle to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
BSO said Nikima Thompson, 41, is believed to be the first communications operator to die in the line of duty in Florida. The mother of four had been hospitalized shortly after testing positive on April 2. She died Monday evening.
“The men and women of the Coral Springs Police Department mourn the loss of Broward Sheriff’s Office Communications Operator III, Nikima Thompson. Our thoughts and full support are with the men & women of Broward Sheriff's Office and the family of Nikima,” Coral Springs Police Department said in a social media post.
Thompson was one of the 400 public safety communications operators who answer more than 1.25 million 911 calls a year.
“Nikima is a long standing veteran of our team, and she is loved by so many who have had the pleasure of working alongside her,” said Director Angela Mize from the BSO Regional Communications Division in a news release.
Thompson, a Florida native, was born in Miami and graduated from Miami Norland Senior High School in 1996. She joined BSO in 2003. Thompson was assigned to the North Region communications center in Coconut Creek. Her last day in the center was March 26.
Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a news release: “The dedicated work of our communications operators is vitally important. They are often the unsung heroes who the public first encounters when they call for help. Like her colleagues, Nikima often served as a lifeline, connecting 911 callers to public safety responders. Her loss is deeply felt by all of her BSO family.”
Thompson is survived by her mother, Geraldine Wilson, her sister, Gina Stewart, and her four children, Aran Thompson Jr., 22; Isaiah Thompson, 21; Justin Thompson, 16, and Heaven Thompson, 14.
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