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Hero Down: DOD Joint Base Lewis-McChord Police Officer Jonathan Gumm Dies After Suffering On-Duty Heart Attack

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.

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.

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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