MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville resident and Paterson Police Officer Francesco Scorpo died Easter Sunday from complications related to COVID-19, Paterson officials announced April 12. He was 34 years old.

Officer Scorpo joined the Paterson Police Department on July 20, 2015, and had served in both the patrol and traffic divisions. 

Described as a “family man who cared very much about people and his profession,” Scorpo was married to wife Kristina for six years and was the father of two, Francisco Jr., age 4, and Santino, age six months. Scorpo is also survived by his parents Sebastiano “Sam” Scorpo and Anna Scorpo.

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Scorpo, “a dedicated public servant who served our profession and our community with pride, honor and distinction” will be remembered “not only for being an exemplary police officer, but as an exceptional and very special human being,” the announcement stated. 

"Francesco Scorpo was an exemplary police officer and the consummate professional. I always enjoyed seeing him in action,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said. “My sympathetic sorrow goes out to his family."

Former Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, who retired early in February, called Scorpo a “rising star.”

“Officer Scorpo was a great guy and a hard working person,” he said. “He was also very much a family man. He was very excited about his new child and not getting sleep – he was just glowing about his baby. This is very sad. He was one of our hardest working individuals and he is going to be missed.”

To see video of the Paterson Police motorcade that occurred in Montville April 12 (courtesy of Josh Beron), click here:

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