It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Rutland Police Detective John D. Songy, 48, after a courageous battle against the coronavirus. He was an eight-year veteran of the Rutland Police Department, as well as service with the Oakham Police Department. We extend our deepest sympathy to Detective Songy’s family and the entire Rutland Police Department.
RUTLAND, Mass. — A police officer in central Massachusetts has lost his battle with COVID-19, the Rutland police said Friday.
Rutland Police Detective John D. Songy, 48, of Leicester, died Friday morning after a “courageous and well-fought battle against the coronavirus,” the department said.
“John is the kind of guy who had a heart of gold and he would have done anything for anybody. He’s also a really strong guy. He put up a heck of a fight against the coronavirus and he fought longer and harder than any of us could have imagined. I think he defied all medical expectations. He really held in there and put up a hell of a fight,” Rutland Police Chief Nicholas Monaco said.
Songy was an eight-year veteran of the Rutland Police Department and had previously served with the Oakham Police Department.
“We wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Detective Songy’s family during this difficult time and we would like to thank the community for the generous outpouring of support that John, his family and the department have received throughout this ordeal,” Rutland police said.
The town had rallied around him with signs and support. More than 1,000 vehicles recently took part in a charity ride in his name which raised about $9,000 for his family.
Songy leaves behind a wife and a daughter. His wife, Joanne, wrote on Facebook Friday, “It is with a broken heart that I had to say good bye … to my best friend … and love of my life.”