DC police sergeant dies after on-duty medical emergency

Sgt. Mark Eckenrode died Monday, April 6 following a non-COVID-19-related medical emergency, the department said

Duty Death: Mark Eckenrode - [Washington, District of Columbia]

End of Service: 04/06/2020

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WASHINGTON — A Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department sergeant has died unexpectedly following a medical emergency while on duty, according to authorities.

On Monday evening, there was a police presence at George Washington Hospital to honor the passing of 23-year veteran Sgt. Mark Eckenrode.

The D.C. Police Union tweeted saying while this loss was completely unexpected, it is not believed to be COVID-19 related. 

“Our hearts are heavy this evening as we mourn the loss of a beloved husband, father, friend and MPD member. We grieve with the officers family but also find strength knowing he made a positive impact on others," said DC Police Chief Peter Newsham.

Eckenrode leaves behind a wife and three children.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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