(East Farmingdale, NY)- Suffolk County Police are mourning the loss of one of their own. Active duty member, Robert Van Zeyl, who worked at the second precinct, died from COVID-19 on Wednesday, January 20th, he was 60 years old. Police tell us that during his 36 years on the force, “Van Zeyl received more than a dozen recognition’s for his contributions to the police department including two Cop of the Month honors and the Excellent Police Duty Award for amassing 12 or more self-initiated DWI arrests in a single year”.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “Lt. Van Zeyl’s more than three decades of exemplary service are a testament to his commitment to public service, and even in the midst of a global pandemic, he was on the front-lines every day helping residents in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Van Zeyl family during this difficult time.”
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “Lt. Van Zeyl served Suffolk County residents with distinction for nearly 36 years and his legacy will continue with the members of this department. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.”
Robert first tested positive for COVID-19 on January 3rd and was hospitalized a week later. He is survived by his ex-wife Christine Zubrinic, a daughter, Hailey, and son, Tyler, both 14. Van Zeyl will be honored with a line of duty funeral, arrangements are still being made.
Photo: Robert Van Zeyl, courtesy of Suffolk County Police