Atlanta, GA – Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Cadet Patrick Dupree died in the line of duty on Sept. 8 after suffering a medical emergency during a training exercise.
The 36-year-old trooper cadet was participating in training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center with other members of the 113th Trooper School when he suddenly collapsed, the DPS said in a press release the following day.
On-site medical staff performed “lifesaving measures” before Trooper Cadet Dupree was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his emergency medical condition, the DPS said.
His exact cause of death was not immediately released.
“The Department of Public Safety sends its sincerest condolences and prayers to the family and co-workers of Trooper Cadet Dupree,” the agency said. “We ask that you keep Trooper Cadet Dupree’s family in your prayers as they cope with the loss of their loved one.”
Prior to joining the DPS in July, Trooper Cadet Dupree spent five years working as a law enforcement officer, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He spent a majority of his time serving the Euharlee Police Department.
Trooper Cadet Dupree leaves behind his wife, Shanna, as well as his children, 17-year-old Taliah, 13-year-old Trenton, and 11-year-old Isaiah, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his parents, Eric Dupree and Seledia Adams.
“He always brightens the room with his presence. You can always count on him to put a smile on your face,” his obituary read. “He would have wanted everyone to remember his positive essence, keep it close to their hearts, replicate it, and share it with others.”
Trooper Cadet Dupree will be laid to rest on Sept. 17.
GBI employees line up outside of HQ to view the police escort for fallen GSP Trooper Cadet Patrick Dupree leaving GBI Headquarters today.
— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) September 12, 2022
Our hearts are truly heavy today as my family joins in mourning the sudden loss of Trooper Cadet Patrick Dupree. His willingness to serve and desire to protect his fellow Georgians will not be forgotten.
Please keep his wife and children in your thoughts and prayers. https://t.co/JB6ezUBDE3
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) September 9, 2022
Our prayers are with the family of Trooper Cadet Patrick Dupree #847 & the GA Department of Public Safety. Cadet Dupree died in the line of duty after performing an exercise at the GA Public Training Center, Thursday, September 8, 2022. pic.twitter.com/ScwBhFH7rt
— DeKalbCountyEMA (@DeKalbCountyEMA) September 10, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Georgia Department of Public Safety Trooper Cadet Patrick Dupree, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.