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Hero Down: Yakima Police Sgt. Joseph Deccio Dies After Suffering On-Duty Medical Emergency

Yakima, WA – Yakima Police Department (YPD) Sergeant Joseph “Joe” Deccio died in the line of duty on Tuesday after suffering a medical emergency.

The 38-year-old sergeant was at work on the afternoon of Aug. 3 when the “significant medical episode” occurred, the YPD said in a press release.

“Sergeant Deccio was rushed to Yakima Memorial Hospital for emergency medical treatment,” the department said. “After several hours of life saving efforts, he was pronounced deceased.”

Details regarding the 15-year department veteran’s exact cause of death have not been released.

“Anybody that would have to try to save their coworker can imagine how hard this is,” Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray told KNDO. “Joe was a joy to be around, just a pleasure and you can’t talk about Joe without mentioning his family, because he was so passionate about his family.”

Sgt. Deccio “served with honor” in a variety of positions during his nearly two decades of service to the YPD, the agency noted.

He served as a patrol officer, SWAT-sniper team leader, field training officer, school resource officer sergeant, field training coordinator, and detective sergeant.

In addition to serving his community, Sgt. Deccio was also a U.S. Army National Guard corporal who deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom-II as a 19- Delta Calvary Scout with the 81st Brigade HHC 1-161 Det-1 Scout Platoon, according to his department.

“Sergeant Deccio was a valued member of this community of Yakima and the Yakima Police Department,” the YPD said. “On behalf of all the honorable men and women of the Yakima Police Department, and Yakima Valley law enforcement agencies, we ask you for your patience and understanding while we grieve the loss of our family member.”

“Please keep Sergeant Deccio’s family in your thoughts and prayers,” the department added.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Yakima Police Department Sergeant Joseph “Joe” Deccio, 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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