Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 20-5-3

Date: May 5, 2020

Sheriff Gregory Tony and the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office are immensely saddened by the passing of Communications Operator III Nikima Thompson. Thompson, 41, had been hospitalized and battling COVID-19 for several weeks after testing positive on April 2. She died Monday night, May 4. It is believed Thompson is the first communications operator to die in the line of duty in Florida.

“Nikima is a long standing veteran of our team, and she is loved by so many who have had the pleasure of working alongside her,” said Director Angela Mize from the BSO Regional Communications Division. 

Thompson, a Florida native, was born in Miami and graduated from Miami Norland Senior High School in 1996. She joined BSO in September 2003 as a communications operator I. She was promoted to communications operator II in February 2005 and to communications operator III in July 2006. Thompson was assigned to the North Region communications center in Coconut Creek. Her last day in the center was March 26.

Thompson was one of the 400 specially trained public safety communications operators who answer more than 1.25 million 911 calls a year. “The dedicated work of our communications operators is vitally important. They are often the unsung heroes who the public first encounters when they call for help. Like her colleagues, Nikima often served as a lifeline, connecting 911 callers to public safety responders. Her loss is deeply felt by all of her BSO family,” Sheriff Tony said.

While working at BSO, Thompson became certified by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch and the Association of Public-Safety Communication Officials. In March 2009, she received her diploma from the National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch of the United States of America to become a certified advanced emergency medical dispatcher.

In one of Thompson’s performance evaluations, a supervisor wrote, “She processes calls on the complaint desk and dispatches efficiently and independently without assistance. She is professional and courteous to her peers, first responders, and callers.”

Thompson is survived by her mother, Geraldine Wilson, her sister, Gina Stewart, and her four children, Aran Thompson Jr., 22; Isaiah Thompson, 21; Justin Thompson, 16, and Heaven Thompson, 14. 

As we mourn the death of Nikima Thompson and remember the life she lived, please pray for the well-being of her children as well as her colleagues and her entire BSO family.

Arrangements are pending. 

Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO