Detective Irving Callender died as a result of complications after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.
Detective Callender had served with the Newark Police Department for 15 years and was assigned to the Executive Protection Unit. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and niece whom he raised.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.