12/29/2003

Modesto Police Officer dead at age 32

Officer Down: Michael Dufour - [Modesto, California]

Modesto Police Officer May Have Become Victim of Flu Outbreak Sue McGuire for KCBS-740 AM

(KCBS)--A Modesto Police officer, who had been suffering from flu type symptoms, died suddenly Saturday, apparently becoming the latest victim of the flu outbreak affecting California.

Modesto Police Detective Doug Ridenour says 32-year-old Officer Michael DuFour's family found him unconscious on the floor early Saturday morning. "The fire department got notified by the emergency response crews after they responded to a home here in Modesto that one of our officers, he had apparently collapsed and stopped breathing. They started CPR, the family did, but once the medical folks got there, they pronounced him dead a short time later at the house," said Ridenour.

DuFour had called in sick the past two days.

The Stanislaus County Coroner's office is conducting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
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