2 South Florida police officers laid to rest after contracting COVID-19

A somber day for law enforcement officers in South Florida, as they remember colleagues who lost their battle to COVID-19.

MARGATE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Jennifer Sepot, 27, was laid to rest Friday morning after she died of complications from COVID-19.

Ladder trucks hoisted an American flag sky high as hundreds of people arrived to pay their respects at the Abundant Life Church in Margate.

Florida Lauderdale Police Officer Jennifer Sepot. (Fort Lauderdale Police Department)

Sepot worked with the department for close to four years.

Her patrol car was parked outside the police department, decorated with flowers in her memory.

Sepot is survived by her husband and their young child.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Lazaro Febles, 42, and Miami Beach Police Officer Edward “Eddie” Perez, a 25-year veteran of the police department, also lost their lives to COVID-19.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Lazaro Febles. (Florida Highway Patrol)

A procession was held Sunday for Febles as law enforcement officers saluted the flag-draped casket.

Febles will also be laid to rest on Friday.

His service will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in southwest Miami-Dade.

Febles was a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol for more than 11 years. Loved ones say he was a father and a family man.

Sepot and Febles passed away over the weekend.

On Thursday afternoon, Miami Beach police announced the death of Perez.

Miami Beach Police Officer Edward "Eddie" Perez.

Police chief Richard Clements described Perez as a truly beloved and hardworking member of the Miami Beach family.

Perez is survived by his wife and daughter.

First responders, families and friends across the state and country are mourning the loss of these beloved South Florida law enforcement officers who lost their battle with COVID-19.

Robert Williams, a 20-year veteran police officer with the West Palm Beach Police Department also lost his life to COVID.

Local 10′s Roy Ramos has reached out to all the agencies involved, to find out if any of these officers received a COVID-19 vaccination.

About the Authors:

Roy Ramos joined the Local 10 News team in 2018. Roy is a South Florida native who grew up in Florida City. He attended Christopher Columbus High School, Homestead Senior High School and graduated from St. Thomas University.