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N.Y. sheriff’s deputy dies after battle with COVID-19

Corrections Officer Melissa France’s death was due to “complications from a work-related illness,” the sheriff’s office said


Officer Melissa France is survived by her 19-year-old daughter Savannah.


By Rylee Kirk

Oswego, N.Y. — An Oswego County Sheriff’s Office deputy has died of Covid-19.

Melissa M. France, 45, of Oswego died Monday after contracting Covid on Dec. 7, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help cover her medical costs.

France’s death was due to “complications from a work-related illness,” according to a sheriff’s office news release. The sheriff’s office did not specify the illness.

France was admitted to Oswego Hospital a week after contracting Covid, a GoFundMe page organizer wrote online. France was transferred to Upstate University Hospital on Dec. 27 where she was placed on a ventilator and eventually on an ECMO machine, she wrote.

France worked for the sheriff’s office for 10 years, most recently with the corrections division transport platoon. She also was a U.S. Navy veteran, according to the release.

France worked on many community events including Trick or Treat off the Street, Shop With a Cop and Wreaths across America, the GoFundMe organizer wrote.

“Over the past 10 years Melissa has worked selflessly organizing and implementing numerous community events and charities,” the organizer wrote. “One of Melissa’s biggest passions was the scholarship committee and (she) worked tirelessly to help local students obtain a college education.”

She was a single mother with a 19-year-old daughter, Savannah, a student at SUNY Oswego, the organizer wrote.

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