By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Police Department said goodbye to one of their own Friday night. Family, friends and brethren gathered at St. Stephen’s Orthodox Cathedral for Officer Vladimir Maleev’s funeral.

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He was 39-years-old and a four-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department.

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According to the 3rd Police District Advisory Council, Maleev lost his battle with COVID.

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Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Officer Maleev was an “excellent officer who displayed all of the characteristics that we see in our very best.”