Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO) Richard G. McCoy had worked in a number of different ports across the country and preclearance. Since 2018, he had been assigned to the Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades Port of Entry in Florida. He started his career with CBP, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service, on July 6, 1997, following 10 years in the U.S. Navy, ultimately having served his country for nearly 33 years.
On March 18, 2020, CBPO McCoy reported that he was not feeling well and requested sick leave. On March 26, CBPO McCoy called to report that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and on March 28, CBPO McCoy called 911 and reported he was having difficulty breathing. He was admitted to intensive care and placed into an induced coma as doctors attempted to treat advanced symptoms of the disease. Medical efforts were unsuccessful and CBPO McCoy passed away from COVID-19 on May 3, 2020.
He is survived by his young daughter, his wife, and his parents.