Customs and Border Protection Officer Omar E. Palmer worked at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City where he was assigned to Passenger Operations in Terminal 4. He started his career with CBP on July 13, 2003, serving his country for nearly 17 years.
On April 1, 2020, CBPO Palmer was placed on a 14 day quarantine following a possible exposure to a fellow employee who had tested positive for COVID-19. On April 6, CBPO Palmer's mother called to report that he had tested positive for the disease and had become symptomatic on April 2. His condition deteriorated rapidly and he was transported to Franklin General Hospital on April 6 and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. He was later transferred to North Shore University Hospital and placed into an induced coma on April 18. On May 4, 2020, CBPO Palmer passed away from COVID-19 disease. He leaves behind family and friends, including his mother who is a retired CBP employee.