Sergeant Christopher Mortensen died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Sergeant Mortensen had served with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and son.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.