Derrick Leto dies suddenly, Worcester sergeant cause of death and Obituary

Derrick Leto cause of death
Derrick Leto, Sergeant with the Worcester Police Department


Worcester Police Diversity Officer, Sgt. Derrick Leto, 42, of Millbury passed away on Friday. Let’s see how did Worcester sergeant die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Derrick Leto die?

Derrick Leto, Sergeant with the Worcester Police Department suddenly passed away on March 17, 2023.

According to city authorities, Derrick Leto, Worcester sergeant, dies off-duty. 

“I am heartbroken and saddened to share the off-duty passing of Derrick, Sergeant, and Diversity Officer with the Worcester Police Department”.

The circumstances surrounding the exact cause of his death were not known yet. In honor of Worcester police Sgt. Derrick, flags in Worcester will flutter at half-staff.

Sgt. Derrick Leto served as the department’s chief diversity officer. Leto, a Millbury resident who was elevated to sergeant in 2017, died Friday. 

Who was Derrick Leto?

Sergeant Derrick was a Sergeant and Diversity Officer with the Worcester Police Department.

Leto participated in Worcester youth programs as a volunteer in addition to his work as a police officer. He was also a father and husband. 

He plays basketball and he was also a boxer. Derrick offered hope and inspiration to many people.

He was able to make everyone in the room laugh and have a good time. Leto has a great personality, with a beautiful heart. He had a pure spirit, along with his other admirable traits.

He developed this notoriety as a result of his conduct and interactions with others. Because he wasn’t driven by self-interest, he left an impact on those around him, and that impression won’t be forgotten anytime soon. He was the kind of guy who would be helpful.

Derrick Leto cause of death:

Sgt. Derrick cause of death was not known. “There are no words to express how difficult this loss is to the men and women of the Worcester Police Department and the entire city.”

According to a social media statement made on Friday by District 2 Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, municipal Manager Eric Batista described Derrick as “an outstanding police officer and exceptional human being” in a letter to municipal staff. 

According to Batista’s letter, the department will provide peer support and crisis intervention to Worcester police and other workers impacted by the death. 

The loss of Derrick has left a huge void in the whole Worcester community.

Condolences to Derrick Leto:

Elvin Familia posted,

My sincerest condolences to the family of Worcester Police Sgt. Derrick Leto and the entire Worcester Police Department (Official). May God bless his soul and bless his family in this hard times.

Crime Trackers Massachusetts tweeted,

Our deepest condolences to the men and women of the Worcester Police Department and to the family and Friends of Sgt. Derrick Leto. Here at Crime Trackers Massachusetts, we all knew D well and he’ll be missed by us all. This is a sad day for Worcester and all of Massachusetts.

Worcester Youth Community Collabo posted,

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family and Loved Ones of Sgt. Derrick Leto. Thank you for you’re dedication to our Community and making it a better place.

Webster Police Department Massachusetts posted,

We are deeply saddened to learn of the off-duty passing of Worcester Police Sergeant Derek Leto. Please keep the family of Sgt. Leto, the men and women of the Worcester Police Department, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this difficult time. They will remain in the thoughts and prayers of the Webster Police Department family as they mourn this tragic loss. Rest in peace Sgt. Leto.

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office posted,

Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and members of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office offer their deepest condolences to the officers and staff of the Worcester Police Department (Official) and the Leto Family, for the off-duty passing of WPD’s Sergeant Derrick Leto.


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