Troy Bankert, interim chief of police for the York City Police Department in Pennsylvania, sadly reports the death of Officer Alex Sable.

Officer Sable, 37, was participating in a SWAT training exercise that included water rescue. He completed the exercise successfully and then suddenly collapsed.

Other officers on scene administered emergency life support before he was transported to a local hospital in Baltimore. Sable remained in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit until his condition deteriorated and he passed away.

Alex Sable served the York City Police Department for four years and was a member of the Department’s Quick Response Team.

Sable didn’t just serve the community as a York City Police officer. He was also a Marine who devoted his life to improving the lives around him, according to family friend Melissa Bedi.

“He was the kind of friend you would want in your life forever,” she said.

By early Thursday morning, there was an outpouring of support and sympathy for Sable’s wife and three children, his colleagues, his church community and the city he served as an officer.

“He was a great man, always devoted to his family and work, but mostly God,” Bedi said.

Sable played the saxophone for the worship team at Harvest Community Church in Maytown, she said.

“He had a beautiful smile with a gentle heart that would do anything for his family and friends,” Bedi said. “He will be missed by all that love him. I will always remember Alex’s gentle heart for others and his willingness to listen when you needed a friend to talk to.”

A cousin of the fallen officer, Vicky Sable, said similar things in a Facebook post early Thursday.

“The last time I saw my cousin, he was mowing my uncle’s lawn and stopped to help me load the car, as I was heading to Florida…,” she said. “That’s who Alex was: servant hearted, kind, humble, and loving. Heaven gained a warrior today.”

His wife and three children survive him.

Officer Alex Sable is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Alex Sable

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)