Washington, DC – Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Sergeant Mark Eckenrode died in the line of duty on Monday evening after suffering a medical emergency.
In a tweet, the DC Police Union said that Sgt. Eckenrode’s death was “completely unexpected,” and is “not believed to be COVID-related.”
The MPD later put out a news release confirming the veteran officer’s sudden death.
“MPD regrets to announce that a 23-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department passed away today after suffering from a medical emergency while on duty that was not COVID-19 related,” the statement read.
“Our hearts are heavy this evening as we mourn the loss of a beloved husband, father, friend and MPD member,” MPD Chief Peter Newsham said in the release. “We grieve with the officer’s family but also find strength knowing he made a positive impact on others.”
The sergeant’s exact cause of death was not released.
Sgt. Eckenrode was most recently assigned to the Court Liaison Division, according to the DC Police Union.
He leaves behind his wife and three children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Metropolitan Police Department Sergeant Mark Eckenrode, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.