RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — A Riverside County sheriff’s sergeant died of an apparent heart attack while on duty, Sheriff Chad Bianco said Monday.
Sgt. Harry Cohen “suffered what appears to be a heart attack while training with the K9 team,” Bianco said in a Facebook post.
The department announced late Sunday night on Twitter that a sergeant had suffered a medical emergency and died while on duty.
We are saddened to announce the passing of one of our own. Tonight a K9 Sergeant suffered a medical emergency while on duty. Out of respect for the family, further details will follow tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/rDFtQEKTzq
— Riverside County Sheriff's Dept (@RSO) October 19, 2020
Bianco described Cohen as a “man of God, husband, father, best friend, and deputy”. Cohen spent many years on the K9 team as a well-respected handler and supervised the team, according to Bianco.
“Sergeant Harry Cohen will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him,” he added.
Cohen also worked with the California Highway Patrol starting in 1996, before he became a deputy.
He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.