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39 Buffalo police officers, firefighters back to work after recovering from COVID-19

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Buffalo police officers and firefighters are returning to work after both departments were hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mayor Byron Brown says 20 firefighters and 19 police officers have returned to duty after recovering from the virus. That still leaves four cops and 12 firefighters who have tested positive. There are 20 officers and 38 firefighters on administrative leave under quarantine. 
 
The mayor has said those illness levels have not interfered with the departments' ability to do their jobs. Brown says the city is working hard to keep the first responders safe.

"We're doing everything that we can to keep our frontline first responders safe and I'm glad to see that things are moving in the right direction with police and fire in the City of Buffalo," Brown said Tuesday. 

Brown said that means everything from daily cleaning of buildings and vehicles to making sure firefighters and police have all of the personal protective equipment they need. He said the city is now able to provide enough PPE, after having problems purchasing them initially.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.