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Las Vegas police lieutenant passes away after battling COVID-19

Posted at 2:15 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 02:50:34-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is mourning the loss of Lt. Erik Lloyd, a well-liked and accomplished officer who passed away Wednesday morning from complications caused by COVID-19.

Lloyd is considered a line-of-duty death and widely known for his role as president of the Injured Officers Police Fund, where he raised money for the spouses of fallen officers.

“I was there this morning, I left for a little bit and an hour later he had passed away,” said Neil Sackmary.

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Sackmary called Erik Lloyd a friend and helped Lloyd with his role as president of the Injured Officers Police Fund.

“This horrible disease took the most wonderful man,” Sackmary said. “He believed in being an officer, he believed in the IOPF. He was just out to try and help people.”

Lloyd most recently worked to raise funds to help with medical expenses for injured Officer Shay Mikalonis, who was shot during a protest on the Las Vegas Strip.

“I speak for everyone who knew him that this is a profound loss,” said Sheriff Joe Lombardo. “He was the type of officer who represents all the values you want in a person. He was hardworking, honest, kind, and generous with his time. He created a legacy outside of his work here at LVMPD, working to help people in their greatest time of grief. The LVMPD is a better agency for having Erik.”

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Lloyd’s career spans nearly 30 years, where he began as a patrol officer in September of 1990 before working as a Narcotics Detective in 1995. He earned the rank of sergeant in 2003 and became a lieutenant in 2014 where he worked in Internal Affairs, the Southern Nevada Counterterrorism Center, and most recently for the FIT section.

Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who knew Lloyd issued a statement after his passing:

“Lt. Lloyd was an amazing officer whose work in our community helped countless families,” Kirkpatrick said. “His passing shows us all the dangers of this virus and the importance of doing everything we can to fight it. Knowing the lieutenant is no longer with us makes my heartache. His family will always be in my prayers.”

Lloyd, who was born in Downey, Calif. and leaves behind his wife of 22-years Minddie, who also works with IPOF, two daughters, five grandchildren as well as his parents.