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Hero Down: Maryland State Police Trooper Alec Cohen Succumbs To Medical Complications

Baltimore, MD – Maryland State Police (MSP) Trooper First Class Alec Elijah Cohen died on Sept. 18 due to medical complications.

The 29-year-old trooper was found unresponsive at his home on Sept. 17 and was rushed to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, the MSP said in a press release on Sunday.

He remained in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit until he succumbed to his medical condition at 11:35 a.m. on Sept. 18.

An autopsy will determine the young trooper’s exact cause of death.

“This is a significant loss for the Maryland State Police family,” the agency said in the press release. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to Trooper First Class Cohen’s family and loved ones. TFC Cohen will always be remembered for his extraordinary commitment, selfless service and unwavering dedication to the citizens of this state as a Maryland State Trooper.”

Trooper Cohen earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University before joining the MSP’s 146th Academy Class.

The four-and-one-half-year department veteran was assigned to the North East Barracks at the time of his death.

“TFC Cohen loved being a trooper,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan told JMORE. “He brought honor to his badge every day, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.”

Trooper Cohen’s family said serving as an MSP trooper was his life’s ambition.

“Maryland State Police fulfilled his lifelong dream for public service and law enforcement,” the family said in a statement. “He was proud of his job and his MSP family.”

Trooper Cohen leaves behind his girlfriend, Marissa, as well as his parents, brother, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and his dog, Arlo, according to his obituary.

He will be laid to rest on Friday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Maryland State Police Trooper First Class Alec Elijah Cohen, 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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