By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia community members gathered Monday to honor a local hero.  The community gathered at the 5th District Police Headquarters Monday to remember the life of Officer Tab Ali.

Officer Ali died in November after contracting COVID-19.

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He’s remembered as a friendly face and a beloved member of the community.

“Prior to his untimely demise, I don’t recall ever Tab taking a day off sick from work. His ever-visible presence on the main street corridor provided a calming effect for business owners, patrons and residents alike,” said Philadelphia Police Capt. Malachi Jones.

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Officer Ali was a 25-year veteran of the police force and also served in the Marine Corps.