Hero Down: Goldsboro Police Major Jay Memmelaar Died During Training

Goldsboro, NC - Goldsboro Police Major Jay Memmelaar, Jr., died after suffering a medical condition while on duty Thursday, February 16, 2017.

According to Officer Down Memorial Page, Goldsboro Police Major Jay Memmelaar was participating in his agency's physical fitness program at about 7:00 PM

Goldsboro, NC - Goldsboro Police Major Jay Memmelaar, Jr., died after suffering a medical condition while on duty Thursday, February 16, 2017.

According to Officer Down Memorial Page, Goldsboro Police Major Jay Memmelaar was participating in his agency's physical fitness program at about 7:00 PM Thursday evening. He was working out in the department's gym when he began to experience discomfort in his chest.

Major Memmelaar returned to his office where he collapsed a short time later. He was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital where he died. It was later determined that he had suffered a heart attack.

Goldsboro Police Major Jay Memmelaar was a 25-year veteran. He was 49-years-old and is survived by his wife and two children. He was head of the Police Department's Support Services Division, according to The Goldsboro News-Argus.

Mike West, Goldsboro Police Chief, said that he was a "great man" and "would be missed by many." In a written statement, Chief West said "both the Goldsboro Police Department and the city lost a great officer and a dear friend." He asked for continued prayers for the fallen Officer's family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Goldsboro Police Major Jay Memmelaar, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.

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