El Mirage, AZ – El Mirage Police Officer Paul Lazinsky, 58, died from a medical condition on Tuesday morning, Dec. 12.
Officer Lazinsky suffered a medical condition and collapsed during a foot pursuit with a 14-year-old suspect near Grand Avenue and Greenway Road, according to El Mirage Police Chief Terry McDonald.
The suspect was wanted for an outstanding warrant, and was later taken into custody.
Chief McDonald said, “Officer Lazinsky suffered some type of seizure, witnessed by one of our employees who saw him go to the ground. First aid was administered, fire was called.”
He said, “Paul was an ace. He was one of those guys if you had a job to do, you gave it to Paul, I don’t care if it was to take care of the command van or serve on a retirement board. He was also the representative of his officer’s association. He worked with officer’s on employment problems or disciplinary issues.”
Officer Lazinsky was 10 months away from retirement, and had served 17 years as a police officer. He also served 20 years in the U.S. Army.
Chief McDonald said, “He has given his life in service,” according to KTVK.
El Mirage Police Officer Paul Lazinsky is survived by his wife Tammy, three children, mother, and two siblings.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Paul Lazinsky, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.