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Pennsylvania Detective Dies of Apparent 'Cardiac Event' While Serving Warrants

May 07, 2015  | 

An Allegheny County (Pa.) Sheriff's Office detective died Tuesday after suffering a medical emergency, a spokesperson for U.S. District Attorney David Hickton’s Office told Channel 11 News.

The spokesperson said Det. Paul J. Koropal was participating in the execution of federal search warrants at 11 locations in Fayette County at the time of the medical emergency. He reportedly told his partner he wasn't feeling well and was taken to the hospital.

Fayette County Coroner Dr. Phillip E. Reilly told Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE that the detective died of a suspected "cardiac event" about 2:30 p.m. in the emergency room of Uniontown Hospital.

Koropal is survived by his wife and two children.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 5/7/2015 7:18 PM

Come on guys and gals get those blood pressures checked and keep an eye on them. The silent killer I believe affects LEOS more than anyone else due to the constant stress. Medication will help and will not affect performance.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/8/2015 6:21 AM

He appears to be in very good shape in his photograph. It is possible to have a cardiac event and be in perfect health. A "cardiac event" can mean just about anything. I too have died from a cardiac event and it had nothing to do with my heart which is perfectly healthy. The hospital cardiologist told me I have the heart of a person 20 years younger than I am. I had no heart damage, no blockage, no plaque, nothing. There are many causes to a cardiac event which cannot be detected until your heart stops. So as they teach you in basic police school, never assume.

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