In Memoriam Corporal Monty Platt

Shawn Burns, Chief of the West Texas A&M University Police Department sadly reports the death of Corporal Monty Platt.

Cpl. Platt, 47, sustained an animal bite as he was attempting to capture an injured feral cat on the campus grounds. The cat snapped at him with sharp teeth, sliced through his heavy work gloves, and punctured his hand.

Platt received medical treatment for the animal bite on the night of the injury. Moreover, he was prescribed medication for the wound. As a result, he experienced a severe allergic reaction to the medication and returned to the hospital. Consequently, he was immediately transferred to the University Medical Center in Lubbock and placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The officer was placed on a ventilator as medical procedures continued. However, his condition rapidly deteriorated as his blood pressure fell and his kidneys shut down. Emergency measures to sustain his life were used. Yet sadly they were unsuccessful and he died of the allergy complications.

Monty Platt had 24 years of service in the law enforcement. He served the past 21 years with the West Texas A&M University Police Department.

Platt is survived by his wife, 11 year old son and his mother.

Corporal Monty Platt is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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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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