GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga (CBS46) – A recruit with the Gwinnett Police Department died from a medical emergency on Tuesday morning during physical training at the Gwinnett Police Training Center.
Police said Ronald Donat, 41, had become lethargic and was told by staff to rest about 45 minutes after starting the first class of the day. Donat reportedly tried to continue training but looked confused. At one point, police said Donat collapsed and the EMT on site assisted him before his breathing stopped. CPR and oxygen were administered, and training staff immediately notified Gwinnett’s fire and emergency services. When he arrived, firefighters took over the treatment and transported Donat to a local hospital, where he died.
“It was his second day of training, but his first day of physical training,” said Officer Hideshi Valle, Gwinnett County Police Public Information Officer.
Police said he had a medical assessment before training began and his age was not too unusual as there are recruits with Gwinnett in his 50s.
“The age groups, for all our recruits. There is no specific age [for joining the department]”said Officer Valle.
Donat’s death marks the first time a Gwinnett County police recruit has died during training, according to the department.
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His relatives have been notified and Gwinnett’s medical examiner’s office will determine the official cause of death.
His death hit everyone in the department hard.
According to the police, Donat was engaged and had two children. He was part of the department’s 112th training academy.
“It’s time to move here for Gwinnett County Police, training staff and recruits. We have procedures in place to make sure they receive counseling, ”Constable Valle said.
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