New NOPD officer hits the streets wearing his father's badge

Mark Hall, Jr. continues tradition set by father who was felled by COVID-19

Associated Press
May 21, 2020 - 9:08 pm
New NOPD Officer hits the streets wearing late fathers badge

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(AP) — A New Orleans man whose father died due to the novel coronavirus was sworn into the city’s police force wearing his late father’s badge.

The New Orleans Police Department said Mark Hall Jr.’s mother put her late husband’s badge on her son during the personal ceremony held on Wednesday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mark Hall, Jr. stayed the course after losing his dad - NOPD Officer Mark Hall, Sr., to COVID-19 just before he was to graduate from the police academy. Today, the younger Hall took the Oath of Office and his father’s badge number, 1786, to continue the family legacy. <a href="https://wwl.radio.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://t.co/mXdXydWuHU">https://t.co/mXdXydWuHU">pic.twitter.com/mXdXydWuHU</a></p>&mdash; NOPD (@NOPDNews) <a href="https://wwl.radio.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://twitter.com/NOPDNews/status/1263221044627865608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">https://twitter.com/NOPDNews/status/1263221044627865608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 20, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://wwl.radio.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js">https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Hall had been unable to attend the Training Academy graduation ceremony on May 1 due to the loss of his father a day earlier.

News outlets report the elder Hall had served on the city’s police force for more than 30 years before his COVID-19 diagnosis in early April. 

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