Sheriff Richard Roundtree of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff James Wallace.

Deputy Wallace, 61, suffered a cardiac medical emergency while he was participating in the department’s annual physical fitness and assessment program.

Other officers at the scene commenced CPR immediately upon his collapse. He was subsequently transported to Doctor’s Hospital for further treatment. Unfortunately, he passed away a few hours later.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an inquest into Deputy Wallace’s death and an autopsy will be performed at the state medical examiner’s office in Atlanta.

Wallace began work at the sheriff’s office in November 2010 at the age of 54. He was a dedicated employee where everyone knew him to be a good person and friend, the sheriff’s office said.

“Everyone at the Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of Deputy Wallace with his family and friends and we offer them our deepest condolences,” Capt. Allan Rollins said in a statement. “James was a good man and will be missed.”

Wallace is the second Richmond County Sheriff’s Office employee to die this week. On Tuesday, Investigator Christian Gandy was ejected and killed when he hit a deer while riding his motorcycle near the Burke County line, reported The Augusta Chronicle. He was off-duty at the time.

James Wallace served the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department for seven years.

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