In Memoriam: Sergeant Joseph Abdella

Chief James Craig of the Detroit Police Department sadly reports the death of Sergeant Joseph Abdella.

Sergeant Joseph Abdella, 49, died suddenly of a massive heart attack while he was working his normal shift at the Detroit Police Department’s Mounted Unit.

Sergeant Abdella had previously served for many years as a homicide detective. While serving in that capacity he headed a task force of investigators that dealt with multiple related homicides, police involved shootings and narcotics related killings.

Sergeant Abdella served the Detroit Police Department with Dignity and Honor for 21 years. He is survived by his wife and children.

Sergeant Joseph Abdella-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, August 14, 2015.

Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow

Additional details can be found here:
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/08/14/detroit-police-sergeant-dies-heart-attack/31753145/
http://www.macombdaily.com/general-news/20150816/member-of-detroit-polices-mounted-unit-dies-of-heart-attack
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/08/14/detroit-mounted-unit-officer-dies-job/31755361/
Detroit Mounted Police Officer Dies From Massive Heart Attack

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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