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Hero Down: NYPD Sgt. Ryan Kenny Suffers Fatal Heart Attack In Department Locker Room

UPDATE: Investigators determined Sgt. Kenny died from a fentanyl overdose, a high-ranking NYPD source told the New York Post.

Bronx, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant Ryan Kenny died in the line of duty after suffering a medical emergency inside the police station locker room early Saturday morning.

Sgt. Kenny, 41, was in the NYPD 50th Precinct station house’s third-floor locker room when he suddenly collapsed, the New York Post reported.

He was found unconscious and unresponsive at approximately 12:20 a.m., sources told the paper.

Sgt. Kenny was rushed to Allen Pavilion Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the New York Post reported.

NYPD Chief of Detective Rodney Harrison confirmed the sergeant’s unexpected death in a tweet on Saturday night.

Sgt. Kenny is believed to have suffered a fatal heart attack, Chief Harrison said.

He served the NYPD for 19 years, according to a fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of their loss.

Donors have contributed over $16,000 to the fund so far.

“He worked tirelessly for his cops, always making sure they were well taken care of and prepared for the tasks ahead of them,” the page read. “He was a man known for his humorous character that left all who encountered him with endless stories of the man he was.”

Sgt. Kenny leaves behind his wife, Laura, and his 11-year-old triplets, Alice, Liam, and Charlie.

He will be laid to rest on Thursday, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Sergeant Ryan Kenny, 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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