TAUNTON — The Taunton Police Department is expressing sorrow over the loss of the infant son of one of their police officers.

Taunton Police Chief Edward Walsh released a statement Thursday morning conveying the entire department's "heartfelt sadness and sorrow" over the death of Bryce Derosier, a 15-month-old boy who had been battling Mitochondrial Disease.

Bryce was the son of Officer Jeremy Derosier and his wife, Jamie, and the sister of Aubriella Derosier. He had spent the past few months in treatment at Boston Children's Hospital, and was recently brought home to be near his family.

In the statement, Chief Walsh asks the community to extend their prayers and support to the Derosier family during this difficult time.

A golf tournament fundraiser that had previously been planned for September 17 at Crestwood Country Club in Rehoboth to help defray the high medical costs for the Derosier family will remain as scheduled.

Below is the entire statement from Chief Walsh:

The Taunton Police Department reports with heartfelt sadness and sorrow that Bryce Derosier, the son of a Taunton Police officer, has passed away at home surrounded by friends and family.

Bryce, son of Officer Jeremy Derosier, his wife Jamie, and brother of Aubriella, has succumbed to his battle with Mitochondrial Disease. He was 15-months-old. Bryce spent the last few months at Children’s Hospital in Boston and was recently brought home to be with his family. He brought love and joy to the many lives that he touched.

Chief Edward Walsh and the members of the Taunton Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family. We ask the community to please keep Bryce and the Derosier family in their thoughts and prayers while they deal with this difficult loss.

-Chief Edward Walsh