Hero Down: Alamo Colleges Police Sgt. Lionel Martinez Dies Of Heart Attack
San Antonio, TX – Alamo Colleges Police Department (ACPD) Sergeant Lionel Martinez died in the line of duty on Tuesday, when he suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to a report of a shooting.
The 62-year-old sergeant was en route to a shooting call on North Main Street at approximately 10 p.m. when the medical emergency struck, WOAI reported.
Sgt. Martinez went into cardiac arrest and crashed into a parked vehicle on East Dewey Place, according to police.
He was unresponsive when first responders arrived at the scene of the collision, WOAI reported.
Sgt. Martinez was rushed to a local hospital, where he died approximately one hour later, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The victim of the shooting the sergeant was responding to was also transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
Sgt. Martinez served the ACPD for over two decades.
“Sgt. Martinez protected and served our Alamo Colleges family for over 21 years, and that is not a commitment we take lightly,” Alamo Colleges Chancellor Mike Flores told WOAI.
“We honor him today for his service and remember the sacrifice men and women in law enforcement make every day,” Flores continued. “His service to our community, students and employees will not be forgotten.”
Sgt. Martinez leaves behind his wife, Claudia, as well as his daughters, Lisa, Kimberly, and Kathleen, his son, Lionel, and his stepdaughter, Lacie, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his siblings, four grandsons, and many nieces, nephews, friends, and fellow officers.
Sgt. Martinez will be laid to rest on May 15.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Alamo Colleges Police Department Sergeant Lionel Martinez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.