Hero Down: Fairfax City Police Sgt. George Moskowitz Dies From Medical Emergency
Fairfax City, VA – Fairfax City Police Sergeant George Moskowitz died from a medical emergency while on duty on New Year’s Eve.
Fairfax City Police Chief Erin Schaible said one of Sgt. Moskowitz’s colleagues found him unconscious in the locker room of Fairfax City Police Headquarters on Tuesday, WUSA reported.
Chief Schaible said that first officer called for help and immediately began to perform CPR on the sergeant.
"Several officers were in the station and ran up to start CPR," the chief said. "They utilized the AED, they called rescue."
"It's really challenging when you're doing life-saving efforts on your co-worker," she said, according to WUSA.
Medics arrived on the scene but were unable to revive Sgt. Moskowitz.
"It is with great sadness that we mourn the unexpected loss of Sergeant George Moskowitz," Fairfax City Police tweeted on New Year’s Day. "Sgt Moskowitz suffered from a medical emergency while on duty yesterday (Tuesday). Sgt Moskowitz was an 8-year vet with our dept after he retired from a distinguished career with Fairfax County PD."
Sgt. Moskowitz joined the Fairfax City Police Department as a school resource officer in 2011, after a distinguished 25-year law enforcement career with the Fairfax County Police Department, WUSA reported.
He retired from Fairfax County PD as a second lieutenant.
Although Sgt. Moskowitz started a second career with the intention of working in schools, he quickly moved up the ranks and became head of the police department’s Community Services Division, WUSA reported.
He was responsible for supervising school resource officers, crossing guards, and the police department’s motorcycle unit.
Chief Schaible said Sgt. Moskowitz was deeply rooted in the Fairfax City community, WUSA reported.
"His heart was there and he actually lives here, his children grew up here," the chief said. "So he's from the city and for him to have an opportunity to be a law enforcement officer in the city was everything to him."
The Fairfax City mayor issued a statement of condolence on Wednesday night, the Fairfax City Patch reported.
"Sgt. Moskowitz's passing is a great loss to the city, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, his daughters, and his son," Mayor David Meyer and the city council said. "We are fortunate that Sgt. Moskowitz chose to continue his distinguished career in law enforcement for the past eight years with the City of Fairfax Police Department, after working with the Fairfax County Police Department for 25 years."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Fairfax City Police Officer George Moskowitz, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.