The Colony, TX – The Colony Police Department (TCPD) Sergeant David Fitzpatrick died in the line of duty on Monday, after suffering a heart attack three days earlier.
The medical emergency struck on June 7, after the 59-year-old sergeant finished working out as part of his department’s wellness program, KTVT reported.
Sgt. Fitzpatrick had just returned to his office, when he suddenly collapsed.
He was rushed to a local hospital, and remained on life support until he passed away on Monday, TCPD said in a press release.
Sgt. Fitzpatrick was the most senior police officer at the department – an agency he served for 28 years.
He was also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
“He will be sorely missed by his family, police family, and the countless citizens of The Colony he has served since 1991,” TCPD said.
The Colony-Back The Blue Event organizer Shannon Greer said that Sgt. Fitzpatrick “was a great person who lived to serve and took it seriously,” according to her post on the department’s Facebook page.
“He had compassion for those he [met] along the way in his career and loved to serve his community,” Greer wrote. “It was a privilege to have known him and to call him a friend.”
Amy Assiter Brown said she first met Sgt. Fitzpatrick while working as a crosswalk guard and while attending the Citizens Police Academy.
“Sgt. Fitzpatrick was the perfect example of a true servant,” she wrote on the department’s Facebook page. “Praying for all those who loved him and knew him.”
Sgt. Fitzpatrick is survived by his wife, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of The Colony Police Department Sergeant David Fitzpatrick, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.