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Victims Of COVID-19: Police Sgt. AlTerek Patterson

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

New Jersey is reporting that, to date, more than 5,000 people have died from COVID-19. We're going to spend a minute remembering one of them.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

AlTerek Patterson was a patrol sergeant for the Bedminster Township Police Department. He served for over a decade.

KELLY: As a kid, Patterson played basketball and football. His first tattoo said mama's boy. He attended Virginia State University, where he met his wife, Brandi. At his wedding, he asked his dad to be his best man. He and Brandi had three kids.

CHANG: Patterson loved riding motorcycles, collecting sneakers and analyzing sports stats. His brother nicknamed him TSPN. Family describes him as a hard worker, a go-getter and a phenomenal writer.

KELLY: Patterson served as president of the local police union and earned a master's degree. He dreamed of a post-retirement job running security for a sports team.

CHANG: Police Chief Karl Rock said Patterson, quote, "always had a smile on his face and touched the lives of so many residents at their time of need." AlTerek Patterson was 38. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.