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Hero Down: San Diego Police Sgt. Carly Medina Dies Unexpectedly

San Diego, CA – San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Sergeant Carly Medina died unexpectedly on Aug. 10 due to medical complications, according to her family.

The 30-year-old sergeant’s exact cause of death was not released.

Sgt. Medina joined the SDPD in 2014 and was working as an acting sergeant at the agency’s Northeast Division at the time of her death, CNS reported.

During her memorial service on Aug. 26, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit noted that Sgt. Medina was well on her way to earning the sergeant’s rank she’d been working so hard to achieve.

Chief Nisleit posthumously promoted her “effective immediately” during the memorial service, CNS reported.

“Carly, rest in peace,” the chief said. “You’ve done a great job. We’ll take it from here.”

Sgt. Medina served alongside her husband, fellow SDPD Officer Rogelio “Roy” Medina, CNS reported.

Officer Medina said the six years he spent married to Sgt. Medina was “the most glorious time” of his life.

“To me, Carly was the angel sent by God to lead me down the right path and give my life new meaning,” he said. “I truly believe that now. I truly believe God intended to save me by bringing her into my life.”

Fellow SDPD Officer Theresa Fuentes described Sgt. Medina as “a woman of principle, who stood up for herself and others, especially those considered weak,” CNS reported.

Sgt. Medina also leaves behind her parents, John and Laurie Whittemore.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of San Diego Police Department Sergeant Carly Medina, 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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