Santa Ana, CA – Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) Deputy Carlos Cammon died in the line of duty at a rehabilitation facility on Aug. 12, over six years after he collapsed during a SWAT training exercise.
Deputy Cammon was 29 years old when the medical emergency occurred on July 18, 2013, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
He never regained consciousness.
Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs President Tom Dominguez said that deputies have to be in top physical condition to participate in the vigorous SWAT training program, The Orange County Register reported.
Despite his youth and overall good health, Deputy Cammon overexerted himself during the training and experienced severe dehydration, and his body immediately went into complete organ failure, Dominguez told the paper.
“He’s pretty typical of a guy early in his career just wanting to do the most he could possibly do to serve the public,” the union president said. “That’s what he wanted most, to do a good job for the community he served and ultimately he paid the price.”
Deputy Cammon underwent multiple surgeries during the six years that followed, but he never regained consciousness, The Orange County Register reported.
His mother, Lenora “Cookie” Sturdivant, was by his side at the hospital nearly every day, Dominguez said.
The Los Angeles native joined OCSD in 2006, after graduating from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal law and society, The Orange County Register reported.
He was planning to return to school to earn a Master’s degree in Homeland Security to further his career goals.
In 2010, Deputy Cammon and three of his fellow deputies were awarded the Medal of Courage for apprehending a man armed with a knife as he was assaulting a woman inside a restaurant, The Orange County Register reported.
The deputies were all off-duty at the time.
“Our Department family joins the Cammon family in grieving the loss of this brave young man,” Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes tweeted on Saturday.
Deputy Cammon was just 35 years old.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Orange County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Carlos Cammon, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.