A DEDICATED cop has moved out of his family home to protect his eight-week-old daughter from coronavirus as he joins the frontline.
West Midlands cop Richard Bracey, 39, said he feared he would expose his family - including little daughter Isla-Rose - to the deadly bug as he conducted his duties.
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And so instead, the dad made the heartbreaking decision to move out of their Staffordshire home completely - a move that might last for three months as the government desperately tries to stop the spread.
Speaking to the Sun Online, Richard said: “It’s very difficult and stressful, not being able to see family.
“I don’t want to move but we have got to put Isla’s health first.
“Bring a frontline police officer means being at risk, potentially catching the virus and bringing it home.
“It’s a tough decision to make but one we decided to make for the safety of Isla.”
Richard has been self-isolating for the past week but will return to duties tomorrow.
He will now move to his mother’s house, which is empty after she moved in with her own mother to help care for her during the pandemic.
Richard, who has been with the police for 11 years, said his partner Kelly, 26, had not wanted him to move - but they needed to be cautious.
He said he was particularly worried he would miss out on bonding time with his little girl.
The dad said: “Isla is eight weeks - she might not even recognise me in the three months that this will probably take.”
So far, more than 1,800 people in the UK have died with more than 20,000 infected.
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And the dedicated cop said he knew he wasn’t the only one making sacrifices as frontline workers battled the virus.
He said: “This is such a sad time for our country and families.
“I hope as a country we will fight this by doing the right thing! My colleagues are still seeing people out on the streets.
“One things for sure when I return to front line duties next week I will do my upmost to protect our public and more importantly our NHS.”
It comes after a hero nurse Erika Johnson, 45, from Seaham, will be forced to leave her family home and two kids for up to three months because she may infect her “high risk” husband.
Her husband Gareth, 50, who is himself a nurse manager at same hospital, had a kidney transplant two years ago and is therefore in the high-risk category - now in three months of isolation.
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