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Heart Attack Kills Alabama Sergeant During Training

October 27, 2014  | 

Sgt. Jeff Garrett died after collapsing during training.
Photo: Dothan (Ala.) PD Facebook page
Sgt. Jeff Garrett died after collapsing during training.
Photo: Dothan (Ala.) PD Facebook page

A veteran Dothan (Ala.) PD officer died Monday morning after collapsing during a run on the Westgate Park trail, reports the Dothan Eagle.

Dothan Police Maj. Steve Parrish confirmed Sgt. Jeffrey W. Garrett was taken to Flowers Hospital after experiencing pain in his side and collapsing during a run on the trail at Westgate Park.

"He was on duty and he’s our training supervisor and he was doing some PT this morning," Parrish said.

Parrish said local rescue took Garrett to Flowers Hospital. He said Garrett and a couple of other officers were running the 3.3-mile trail between 8:30 and 9 a.m. at Westgate Park when he experienced the pain in his side.

Garrett was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who had served with the Dothan Police Department for 22 years and was assigned as the training supervisor, reports He is survived by his wife, three children, and two stepchildren.

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TheRookie @ 10/27/2014 9:53 PM

Wow, A training Officer & Marine. The heart is a silent killer. An ex-neighbor 2 years younger than I had a stroke 6 months ago. Now is paralyzed on the left side. Asked my doctor on the 21st what can be done to check. Said no real test other than when one starts to have problems. Stay or get on a good diet L.E. Men/Women & exercise wisely as possible.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/24/2014 11:27 PM

Actually, there are reasonable stroke tests involving deep neck vein tests via ultra sound. Also high cholesterol contributes to plaque build up that causes strokes. Having high cholesterol is usually an inherited trait and not one of poor nutrition. A heart attack or stroke can easily be prevented by taking a low dose Aspirin once a day. But first see a reliable doctor for proper prevention since we are all different and have different medical issues.

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