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Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: Daniel Ackerman - [Buena Park, California]
By PoliceOne Staff
BUENA PARK, Calif. — Police Officer Daniel Ackerman passed away after collapsing during a SWAT training exercise Friday.
According to witnesses, the full-time officer from Irvine, California seemed fine at the start of the required semiannual strength and endurance test.
Ackerman completed the course within the required time, but then suddenly seemed spacey and unresponsive. He was taken to a local hospital where he received treatment for fatigue before passing away early Saturday morning.
Officer Ackerman had served with the Buena Park Police Department for six years, had previously served as a reserve officer for four years, and had recently been selected for SWAT.
"He wanted to become a part of SWAT, so we can honestly say he died content," his sister told the Los Angeles Times. "I just wish he would have gotten more of a chance to experience his goal."
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