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Hero Down: Georgia DPS Trooper Cadet Patrick Dupree Dies After Medical Emergency In Training Session

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.

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.

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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