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Hero Down: Mansfield Township Police Patrolman Sam Irvin Died Of Enlarged Heart While Exercising

Manfield, NJ – Mansfield Township Police Department Patrolman Sam Irvin collapsed and died while running sprints off duty last month.

The incident occurred on July 23 while Patrolman Irvin was at his fiancé’s family home in Columbus, the Courier Post reported.

His future bride, Mackenzie Santucci, said that 23-year-old Patrolman Irvin suddenly collapsed while running sprints in the yard, WTXF reported.

Santucci said all efforts were made to revive him by family members present on the property and then emergency medics that responded to the scene.

However, the medical examiner determined that Patrolman Irvin had been suffering from an enlarged heart and his sudden death could not have been prevented, WTXF reported.

“His heart just stopped, and they said it happened within seconds, so he didn’t feel pain,” his fiancé said. “Probably the most traumatic day of my life.”

Family members said the rookie law enforcement officer was in great shape and had not been aware of any health problems, WTXF reported.

“It was really unexpected,” Patrolman Irvin’s mother said. “He just went through the police academy, and he ran 300 miles in those 20 weeks at the academy.”

Patrolman Irvin had just graduated from the Gloucester County Police Academy in July, the Courier Post reported.

He was hired by the Mansfield Township Police Department in February.

His fiancé told WTXF that she and Patrolman Irvin had recently learned they were pregnant with their first child.

“I’m 11 weeks pregnant, so I get to carry a little piece of him my whole life,” Santucci said. “I think that has helped me get through everything.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Patrolman Irvin’s fiancé cover the expenses of the expected baby.

It had raised more than $93,000 at publication time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mansfield Township Police Patrolman Sam Irvin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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