Taunton police Patrolman John Borges died Thursday after battling COVID-19, Chief Edward J. Walsh announced in a statement.
Borges was a 20-year veteran of the Taunton Police Department, according to the statement. He was a search manager for southeastern Massachusetts regional police search and rescue team, a lead trainer for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and participated in the Civil Air Patrol as well.
"Borges loved being a police officer and cared dearly about the community he served," Walsh wrote in the statement, released later Christmas Eve. "Please take a moment to remember John and keep his family in your thoughts and prayers."