PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WSAV) — A Port Wentworth police officer passed away Wednesday after contracting COVID-19.

The Port Wentworth Police Department said Lt. Dale Sylvester Jr. contracted the disease while on duty. Sylvester served on the force for about 5 years.

He had previously served for 26 years on the Chatham County Police Department and County County District Attorney’s office.

Police asked for thoughts and prayers for his family, friends and co-workers. Both the Savannah Police Department and Tybee Island Police Department offered their condolences to the department and his fellow officers.

Services will be held Sunday, Aug. 15, for Sylvester. The viewing will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Rincon First Baptist Church (201 E 6th Street), followed by the funeral service at 3:30 p.m.

Guests are asked to wear a mask appropriately at the services, regardless of their vaccination status.

In lieu of flowers, the Sylvester family has asked that a donation be made to the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire.