Yakima, WA

15 years veteran officer dies of 'significant medical episode while at work'

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Sgt. Joseph DeccioYakima Herald

Yakima Police Department on Tuesday announced the loss of a member of the police department who died of a 'significant medical episode while at work'.

38-year-old Sgt. Joseph Deccio who served for 15-years as a veteran officer in the Yakima Police Department "suffered a significant medical episode while at work earlier this afternoon" and was hurriedly taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. After several hours of life-saving efforts by medical personnel, he was pronounced dead.

In a press release by the Yakima Police Department, Deccio was described as a "valued member of this community of Yakima and the Yakima Police Department".

"In addition to Sergeant Deccio's service to our community, he honorably served as a member of the armed forces," YPD added.

The deceased officer served with honor in many positions of which include patrol, field training officer, SWAT-Sniper Team leader, field training coordinator, school resource officer sergeant and detective sergeant.

Deccio was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom-II as a 19- Delta Calvary Scout with the 81st Brigade HHC 1-161 Det-1 Scout Platoon. He was also a corporal in the U.S. Army National Guard.

The police department pleaded with the public to be patient and understanding while they grieve the loss of a member of the family.

"On behalf of all the honorable men and women of the Yakima Police Department, and Yakima Valley law enforcement agencies, we ask you for your patience and understanding while we grieve the loss of our family member".

"Please keep Sergeant Deccio's family in your thoughts and prayers."

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