Hero Down: Redwood City Police Officer Gerardo Silva Found Dead At Police Station

Redwood City, CA - Redwood City Police Officer Gerardo Silva, age 57, died Friday morning, January 20, 2017.

Redwood City, CA - Redwood City Police Officer Gerardo Silva, age 57, died Friday morning, January 20, 2017.

According to The Mercury News, Officer Silva, age 57, was assigned to the Patrol Division. He was dispatched to a call to meet with a resident and didn't respond. Later, when he continued to fail to respond to calls from other officers and had not reported in, a GPS check showed that his patrol car was parked outside the Redwood City Police Department.

A search of the police department found Officer Silva unresponsive within the facility, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. Officers immediately started CPR and used an in-house defibrillator (AED) in efforts to save Officer Silva.

Redwood City Fire Department and EMS personnel arrived and took over lifesaving efforts. Officer Silva was then transported to Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center, where he died. According to a press release, Officer Silva died from natural causes from a medical issue.

Officer Gerardo Silva was an 18-year veteran of the Redwood City Police Department. Gary Kirby, Redwood City Police Chief, said that Officer Silva "was a very personable man, loved by his fellow officers." He also said that "he was caring, a great teacher and supportive of us all.”

We send our thoughts and prayers to the family of fallen hero Redwood City Police Officer Gerardo Silva, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.

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