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
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.
@DCPoliceUnion regrets to announce the passing of Sgt. Mark Eckenrode of the Court Liaison Division. He is survived by his wife and 3 children. While this loss was completely unexpected, it is not believed to be COVID related. EOW 4/6/2020. pic.twitter.com/R7a32A6SmD— DC Police Union (@DCPoliceUnion) April 7, 2020
“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.