Funeral service held for Clermont police officer who died of COVID-19

CLERMONT, Fla. — The Clermont Police Department held a funeral service Saturday for an officer who died from COVID-19 after returning from a trip to Boston.

The service for Clermont police Officer Conrad Buckley was held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Real Life Church.

Only Buckley’s family, law enforcement officers and other officials were allowed to access the church grounds.

But the public was invited to attend the service virtually through Facebook Live, which can be found here.

Scroll below to watch the service.

Buckley served the agency for two years as a patrol officer after working as a law enforcement officer with the Northeastern University Police Department in Boston for several years.

Buckley was on vacation leave at the end of March and traveled to the Boston area to attend to a family emergency, the Police Department said.

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He returned to Florida the first week of April and self-quarantined per the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines and the city of Clermont human resources recommendations, officers said.

While self-quarantining, police said Buckley developed COVID-19 symptoms and sought medical attention.

The Police Department said Buckley was hospitalized at AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares for COVID-19 and died from his illness early Tuesday morning.

“Officer Buckley will be greatly missed by the Clermont Police Department,” said Chief Charles Broadway. “He was an outstanding police officer who cared greatly for his fellow officers and the community. He took tremendous pride in being a police officer and carried himself with confidence and integrity. Today, the City of Clermont lost a good cop and a great man."

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.