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Hero Down: San Diego PD Officer David Sisto Dies After Suffering Medical Emergency During Call

San Diego, CA – San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Officer David Sisto died in the line of duty on Tuesday after suffering a medical emergency while on the scene of a call.

Officer Sisto, 39, was out on patrol with a trainee in the northeastern division at approximately 2:50 a.m. when he was dispatched to the Carmel Mountain neighborhood for a welfare check, KSWB reported.

The caller reported that the suspect appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

When Officer Sisto and the trainee arrived at the scene, another officer had already detained a male subject and requested for paramedics to respond, according to police.

Several minutes later, Officer Sisto began experiencing shortness of breath, the SDPD said in a press release on Tuesday.

A second ambulance was dispatched to the scene to rush Officer Sisto to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to KSWB.

“It is with a heavy heart that the San Diego Police Department announce the tragic passing this morning of Officer David Sisto #6841,” the SDPD said in the press release.

Officer Sisto’s death is being investigated by the SDPD’s homicide unit, as per standard protocol for line-of-duty deaths, KSWB reported.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has not released any information regarding his cause of death.

Officer Sisto, an 11-year department veteran, was a “decorated officer” who received two Commanding Officer Citations in 2013 and 2016 and a Life Saving Medal Award in 2014, according to his department.

He leaves behind his wife and two sons, ages five and three, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

“We lost a good man today,” the fallen officer’s father, David Sisto Sr., told the paper. “He was a very good, caring person. You wouldn’t meet anyone who didn’t like him. He was solid, the rock of the family. I’m his dad, and he was my rock. He took care of everyone.”

He said his son “loved to protect and serve” and was devoted to his career as a SDPD officer, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

“The San Diego Police Department want to extend our sincere condolences to Officer David Sisto’s family during this difficult time,” the SDPD said in the press release. “We ask that you keep your thoughts and prayers with the Sisto family. Rest easy brother, we’ll hold the line from here.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of San Diego Police Department Officer David Sisto, 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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