Wash. officer suffers fatal heart attack after heavy labor

Officer Jonathan Gumm was a 17-year veteran of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Police Department

Duty Death: Jonathan Gumm - [Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington]

By Suzie Ziegler 

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — Officer Jonathan Gumm suffered a fatal heart attack on Thursday shortly after moving several heavy, military-style barricades, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). 

Officer Jonathan Gumm
Officer Jonathan Gumm (Officer Down Memorial Page)

Gumm was responding to reports of an abandoned vehicle at the time, according to the ODMP. He had to move six heavy, metal barricades so that he could access a service road. He began to feel ill after returning to the police station and later collapsed at home, the ODMP reported. 

Gumm was a 17-year veteran of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Police Department. He is survived by his wife and 10 children. 


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