The New York Daily News reports:
A Manhattan court security lieutenant who was ardently opposed to taking the vaccine has died of COVID-19, the Daily News has learned. Lt. Stephen Shyti, 63, died around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday after spending more than two weeks on a ventilator, officials said.
Multiple sources said the veteran court lieutenant and father of two was outspoken in his opposition to taking the vaccine and did not wear a mask at work. He was responsible for enforcing mask-wearing and other health and safety measures.
Dennis Quirk, the court officers’ union president, said Shyti’s beliefs about the COVID-19 vaccine were the result of work at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11. “He had total mistrust in the government and wouldn’t get the vaccine.”
New: A Manhattan court security lieutenant has died of COVID-19 after spending more than two weeks on a ventilator. Multiple sources said the 26-year veteran Lt. Stephen Shyti was outspoken against taking the vaccine and did not wear a mask to work at 100 Centre St.
— Molly Crane-Newman (@molcranenewman) September 8, 2021
It’s with a very heavy heart the NYSCOA announces the passing of Lt Stephen Shyti ( NYC Criminal Court). Please keep his family, friends,and the 100 Centre St. Command in your thoughts and prayers.
— NYS Court Officers Association (@NYSCOA) September 8, 2021