Ga. police recruit dies after collapsing at training

Recruit Ronald Donat experienced a 'medical emergency' on his first day of physical training

Duty Death: Ronald Donat - [Gwinnett County, Georgia]

End of Service: 10/12/2021


By Karina Mazhukhina
The Charlotte Observer

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A 41-year-old police recruit died nearly 45 minutes into his first day of physical training.

Ronald Donat “experienced a medical emergency” at the Gwinnett Police Department’s 112th Training Academy in Lawrenceville Tuesday morning, according to police. Lawrenceville is about 32 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Although lethargic and advised to rest, Donat attempted to continue to train and looked confused, police said.

The police department’s EMT and training staff performed CPR before Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services took him to a local hospital, where he died.

The cause of death has yet to be confirmed with the Gwinnett Medical Examiner’s Office, police said.

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