York City Police Officer Alex Sable: What we know about line of duty death

Written by Abbey Zelko/The York Daily Record | May 10, 2018 6:43 PM

York City Police Officer Alex Sable, 37, died on May 9 after suffering a cardiac arrest while participating in a SWAT training exercise in Baltimore County. (Photo: Submitted)

(York) -- A York City Police officer died Wednesday after a medical incident during a SWAT training in Baltimore County over the weekend. 

Officer Alex Sable went into cardiac arrest while participating in a training exercise. He was 37.

Here's what we know so far.

Who was Alex Sable?

  • Sable was a member of the York City Police Department for four years and previously served in the Marine Corps.
  • He lived in Lancaster County with his wife and three young children.

Why was he in Baltimore County?

  • Sable was training to become a member of York County's Quick Response Team, the county's elite SWAT-style response group. The training session was run by the Baltimore County police SWAT unit. At the time of the incident, he was among 12 people training in a swimming pool.

What happened?

  • Sable went into cardiac arrest while preparing to exit the pool at the end of the session.
  • He received immediate on-site treatment from two Baltimore County SWAT medics and two Baltimore County Fire Department medics. He was transported to a Baltimore-area hospital, where he died Wednesday.

How is he being remembered?

A family friend said Sable devoted his life to improving the lives of those around him. In addition to serving as a police officer, he played the saxophone for the church's worship team at Harvest Community Church in Maytown, according to Melissa Bedi.

He had a beautiful smile, a gentle heart and would do anything for his family and friends, she said.

"He was the kind of friend you would want in your life forever," she said.

Bicycle riders pay tribute 

The charitable bicycle ride will stop at the York City Police Department around 4 p.m. on its way to Washington, D.C., for Police Week. 

The ride was established in 1997 to raise awareness about law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. It also raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record. 

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