Motor Officer Oscar Reyes of the Costa Mesa Police Department in Southern California died Wednesday night, Sept. 12, after suffering a medical emergency at his home.

The medical emergency was believed to be a heart attack.

Earlier in the day, Reyes participated in the Orange County Traffic Officers Association Motor Rodeo, Costa Mesa police Chief Rob Sharpnack said in a statement. The competition, in Huntington Beach, is an annual motorcycle training and skills competition. “In the evening, while at home, Officer Reyes suffered a medical emergency and was transported to a nearby hospital where he passed away,” he said.

“Officer Reyes was a loyal public servant,” Sharpnack said. “He was truly passionate about our chosen profession and committed to traffic safety in our community.”

Shortly after his death, a procession was held as Reyes’ body was transported to the Orange County coroner’s office in Santa Ana. Dozens of officers from multiple agencies stood and saluted outside the coroner’s building as the vehicle carrying Reyes arrived, reported the Orange County Register.

“He was our brother, our friend, a great father, and a husband. As a tight-knit department, we are devastated and feeling the grave and sudden loss of our brother,” Sharpnack said.

Reyes was a 13-year veteran of the department and served as a motor officer for the last 10. His wife and three children survive Reyes, who was 43.

Motor Officer Oscar Reyes is gone, but never forgotten.

E.O.W. September 12, 2018.

Oscar Reyes

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