Joint Base Leis-McChord, WA – U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Base Lewis-McChord Police Department Officer Jonathan Gumm died in the line of duty on July 29 after suffering a heart attack.
The 56-year-old officer was responding to reports of an abandoned vehicle located in a training area where stolen vehicles are often dumped, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
When he arrived at the scene near Mud Run Road Bridge, he had to move six heavy military star-style barricades that were connected together by chains in order to access the service road.
When he returned to police headquarters after the call, he began feeling ill, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Officer Gumm went home after his shift, where he collapsed.
Doctors determined he suffered a fatal heart attack, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Officer Gumm, a U.S. Army veteran, served the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Police Department for 17 years.
He leaves behind his wife and his 10 adult children.
Honoring United States Department of Defense, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Police Department Police Officer Jonathan M. Gumm, died July 29, 2021, when he suffered a heart attack when responding to a report of abandoned vehicles. Honor him so he is not forgotten. pic.twitter.com/MzKqxYbfBq
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🔹 Blessed Are The Peacemakers 🔹
Police Officer Jonathan M. Gumm
U.S. Department of Defense – Joint Base Lewis-McChord Police Department
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of U.S. Department of Defense Joint Base Lewis-McChord Police Department Officer Jonathan Gumm, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.