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Hero Down: Riverside County Sergeant Harry Cohen Dies After On-Duty Heart Attack

Riverside, CA – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) Sergeant Harry Cohen died in the line of duty on Sunday after suffering a heart attack.

The 48-year-old sergeant was training with the department’s K9 team when the medical emergency struck, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a Facebook post on Oct. 19.

Sgt. Cohen began serving RCSD on Sept. 30, 1996, the department said in a Facebook post.

While working as a deputy, he spent time assigned to the Lake Elsinore Station, the Banning State, and the Southwest Station.

He was promoted to the rank of corporal during his service at the Southwest Station, and remained in that position until he became a sergeant in 2010.

Sgt. Cohen then worked assignments at the Moreno Valley Station, the Perris Station, the Special Enforcement Bureau, the Public Safety Enterprise Communication (PSEC), and the Ben Clark Training Center, according to his department.

He was assigned to the Special Enforcement Bureau’s K9 Unit at the time of his tragic death.

“Harry spent many years on the team as a well respected handler, and currently supervised the team,” Sheriff Bianco wrote. “RIP Harry, you will be missed brother!!!”

Sgt. Cohen leaves behind his wife, son, and daughter, The Sun reported.

“A husband, father, best friend and deputy: he will be deeply missed by all who knew him,” the RCSD said. “On behalf of the entire Department, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Sergeant Harry Cohen.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Harry 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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