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Hero Down: Alameda County Deputy Aubrey Phillips Dies After Medical Emergency During Traffic Stop

Walnut Creek, CA – Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) Deputy Aubrey Phillips died in the line of duty Feb. 12 after suffering a medical emergency while conducting a traffic stop.

The 36-year-old deputy was working in the city of Dublin as a contract patrol officer when she stopped a motorist at approximately 1:46 a.m., the ACSO said in a press release later in the afternoon.

Deputy Phillips was sitting in her patrol vehicle after arresting the driver when she suddenly “suffered a serve and acute medical emergency,” according to the sheriff’s office.

A fellow deputy saw her struggling and immediately called for emergency medical services and began life-saving efforts.

Deputy Phillips was rushed to Stanford Valley Care Hospital in Pleasanton in critical condition before she was transferred to John Muir Medical Center.

“Tragically, medical professionals were unable to save her life and she passed away,” the ACSO said.

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern said Deputy Phillips was a registered organ donor and will continue to help others even after her death.

“This tragic event has touched each member of this agency,” Sheriff Ahern said. “Aubrey’s short life will live on even after her passing. Aubrey will continue to serve her community by giving the gift of life to others in need. She was truly a remarkable person and served this agency and Alameda County with dignity and honor.”

Deputy Phillips is the daughter of a retired ACSO deputy and her husband is also a fellow ACSO deputy.

She began working for the sheriff’s office five years ago and had been assigned to the midnight patrol officer shift in Dublin for the past seven months, KRON reported.

In addition to her husband and parents, Deputy Phillips also leaves behind her three young children, according to her department.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Deputy Phillips,” Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez said in a statement to KRON. “Our hearts go out to Dublin Police Services, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, and to her family, especially to her husband and her three children. They are part of the Dublin community and, as fellow community members, we need to come together and support them through this unimaginable tragedy.”

Deputy Phillips was laid to rest Feb. 19, the ACSO said in a Facebook post.

“Aubrey made each day in her life count and never missed an opportunity to be a brilliant woman,” the department said. “She was an amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. We are humbled that we had the privilege to be such a big part of her life. She truly loved being a Deputy Sheriff and serving her community.”

“Thank you to the Phillips’ Family for allowing us to be part of this very important day. We will never forget Aubrey and her purposeful and meaningful life. She was truly an inspiring person,” the ACSO added.

A fundraiser established to help Deputy Phillips’ family in the wake of their loss has raised over $25,000 so far.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Aubrey Phillips, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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