Del Rio, TX – Kinney County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Deputy Jose Luis Blancarte died in the line of duty on Aug. 23 after suffering a heart attack.
The 46-year-old deputy was directing traffic at the scene of a vehicle fire on Highway 90 west of Brackettville when the medical emergency struck, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Shortly after he began directing traffic, Deputy Blancarte began feeling ill and called for emergency medical personnel to respond to the scene.
The 20-year veteran-of-the-force became unresponsive as he was being rushed to a local hospital, and medics began performing CPR in an effort to save him, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Despite their efforts, Deputy Blancarte was pronounced dead shortly after they arrived at the hospital.
“Kinney County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jose Blancarte was called to the Lord August 23, 2019,” the KCSO said in a Facebook post the following day. “We are [saddened] for the loss of a kind hearted friend and Deputy. You will be [severely] missed.”
“You rest brother,” the department said in another post. “We’ll take it from here.”
The longtime deputy leaves behind his wife and four children, as well as his mother and six siblings, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Deputy Blancarte will be laid to rest on Thursday, the KCSO said in a Facebook post.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Kinney County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jose Luis Blancarte, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.