DeKalb County detention officer recruit dies during training - CBS46 News

DeKalb County detention officer recruit dies during training

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A DeKalb County detention officer recruit died Wednesday after becoming ill during training at the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said George Ward, 29, began showing signs of illness during a routine morning physical fitness training session.

Ward was taken back to the jail where he was treated by the Sheriff's Office Medical Staff and immediately taken to DeKalb Medical Center, where he died.

"This is the first time that such an incident has occurred during my 12 years as sheriff," Thomas Brown stated. "Though we had only known him for a few days, the hearts of the men and women of the sheriff's office are heavy."

Ward was one of 12 recruits striving to complete the Basic Jail Operations Academy.

Prior to being eligible for employment, recruits must pass a Physical Efficiency Battery Test and a medical clearance for county law enforcement officers.

Wednesday was Ward's third day on the job.

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