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'Our hearts are heavy today': City leaders release statement after patrol officer's death

City releases statement on officer's death
Posted at 9:18 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 18:43:55-04

City leaders in Cleveland released a statement on Monday following the death of a veteran officer who died after passing out during a training exercise on Friday.

According to Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association president Jeff Folmer, officer Vu Nguyen collapsed during K-9 testing.

Mayor Frank Jackson, Chief Calvin Willaims and Director Michael McGrath released the following statement:

On Friday, July 6, 2018, Patrol Officer Vu Nguyen passed away after suffering from a medical emergency during a police training exercise. Our hearts are heavy today as we try to understand his untimely death. Patrol Officer Nguyen served the citizens of the City of Cleveland admirably and passionately and he touched people’s lives every day with his uplifting personality. Patrol Officer Vu Nguyen immigrated to the United States during the Vietnam War with his parents and fifteen siblings. His story is truly one that defines America. He dedicated his life to serving others. Patrol Officer Nguyen leaves behind a loving wife, two precious daughters, an extensive family, and many, many friends. The outreach from the Cleveland and surrounding communities, including residents, business owners, as well as those outside of Cleveland, has been a support to the family. We will all keep Vu in our hearts. Flags on City properties will be lowered to half-staff in honor of Patrol Officer Vu Nguyen until sunrise on Friday, July 13, 2018.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, July 12 at 11 a.m at Our Lady of Angels Church located at 3644 Rocky River Drive.