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Alabama Lieutenant Dies of Heart Attack After Helping Accident Victims

March 18, 2015  | 

Lieutenant Richard Woods (Photo:
Lieutenant Richard Woods (Photo:

Lieutenant Richard Woods of the Pell City (Ala.) Police Department died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while helping extract a person involved in a serious traffic accident.

The 48-year-old was commander of Pell City's Special Operations Division.

Paramedics immediately began to render aid to Lieutenant Woods. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away a short time later, reports.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 3/21/2015 5:37 PM

How Tragic! Rest in peace Lt. Woods. Condolences to your family and your department. In this day of the dangers that all officers face be specially careful to keep an eye on your Blood Pressure. The Damn stuff can creep up on you.

concerned Dad @ 3/30/2015 3:46 PM

Enough of this. I am truly saddened by the death of this officer. A 48 year old man dying of a heart attack. It should never happen.

But it is time for you guys to get into shape. He was significantly over weight. Not only are you doing this to your own family but to the citizens as well.

From a financial perspective, the cost of this cops life has cost the citizens an incredible amount of money. Lost training, new hire, new training….. it just goes on. For those of you who continue on the same path you are going to cost the citizens a tremendous amount of money for you health care during working years and retirement. With budgets the way the are, you can't do this to yourself.

If you don't get in shape for the citizens you serve and your family… then what are you doing on the police force?

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