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S.C. Officer Dies After Collapsing During Traffic Stop

October 28, 2014  | 

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A Summerville (S.C.) PD officer died Sunday after collapsing last week during a traffic stop, reports the Post and Courier.

Patrolman Robert Blajszczak, 40, was a seven-year veteran of the department and worked with Summerville's Traffic Division, according to police Capt. Jon Rogers. He collapsed Oct. 20 while on the job and died Sunday, he said.

His career in South Carolina began at the Berkeley County jail in May 1997. He served about six years in Moncks Corner and three years at Edisto Beach before moving to Summerville.

According to ODMP, the cause of death was heart attack.

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TheRookie @ 10/29/2014 1:40 AM

All L.E.O's. need to remember life is short. Let myself go from 2005 to 2008. I know I paid the price. After retiring went way up to 368. Went back to the gym losing 83 pounds so far. Being on the streets or inside L.E.O's. are in constant danger let alone opening up for a heart attack. Get going, cut junk foods, & exercise. Stay safe out there L.E. Men/Women

Leonard Mather @ 10/29/2014 2:33 PM

Just from looking at Officer Blajszcazak's plethoric appearance, it is obvious that his blood work would reveal red flags on LDL (too high), Triglycerides (too high), HDL (the good lipid that should be high was probably too low for him). His A1C was probably too high, and CRP also out of range. It is NOT enough t say, "lose weight." There is a lot more to it. I suggest that SC contact Sheriff's Dept in Jasper, AL and speak to Reserve Deputy Eric Esch--better known as Butterbean Esch who fought in MMA at 400 lbs. There are many foods to avoid and they are processed, ready-made foods. I would be more than happy to assist, pro bono. I am a Forensic Psychologist, retired and specialize in Health Psychology. PS Donuts taste good, but are loaded with artery clogging fats.

Ashley @ 10/29/2014 6:58 PM

Both of you are exactly right from a medical perspective, but I'm just curious as to why you wouldn't be more considerate to the family and friends of this man who risked his life daily to keep us and our loved ones safe. I'm in no way trying to criticize either of you, but as a mother, I would be heartbroken if I happened to see comments about my child's size after they died the way this officer did. Yes, physical health is very important and unfortunately, way too many Americans do not make the best choices about what they eat, but under these circumstances, those things need to be kept to one's self. I happen to be a close friend of his mother, and can't figure out why condolences were offered as well as health advice? Even if I didn't know the family personally, I would still feel the same way.

Ashley @ 10/29/2014 7:00 PM

Weren't offered...were was a typo!

TheRookie @ 10/29/2014 11:38 PM

Oh my Ashley I am. I'm just very concerned about what the current L.E.O's eat. In my day we went to BK for a Whopper meal, 7-11 for junk food, & to restaurants that we had fried eggs, bacon, & hash-browns. I/We never thought about it because we were invisible at that age/time. I just hope L.E. take care of themselves, colleagues, & family in every way. Sorry if I offended you.

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