Hero Down: East Orange Sergeant Tahmesha Dickey Dies After Childbirth

Sgt. Dickey was a 16-year veteran who died after giving birth to her third child.

East Orange, NJ – East Orange Police Department Sergeant Tahmesha Dickey, 38, died on Sunday, Jan. 7, due to complications following childbirth.

Sgt. Dickey, a mother of three, passed away on the sixteenth anniversary of her date of hire at the East Orange Police Department, TAPinto reported.

The Newark native was described as a “hard-working officer” who was a “true team player,” TAPinto reported.

She is survived by her children, 20-year-old Jay’Naisha Nelson, 13-year-old Mehki Nunn, and newborn Mushin Shabazz, as well as her significant other, Mustafa Shabazz, and her parents, Hamlett and Toni Holmes, the Star Ledger reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of East Orange Sgt. Dickey, both blood and blue. Godspeed, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.


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