As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
August 19, 2014
LA officer dies of heart attack during traffic stop
Officer Down: Patrick Libertone - [Los Angeles, California]
End of Service: 08/12/2014
By PoliceOne Staff
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — An officer suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting a traffic stop August 12.
According to ODMP, Lieutenant Patrick Libertone had stopped the driver for recklessly cutting him off when the incident occurred.
After speaking with the driver, Libertone collapsed on the sidewalk as he walked back to his patrol car.
An off-duty paramedic who happened to be near the scene attempted to revive Libertone, but could not, according to the report.
Libertone was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. He served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 31 years.
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