In Memoriam Officer David Tinsley

(Fort Wayne Police Department)

Chief Steve Reed, of the Fort Wayne Police Department in Indiana, sadly reports the death of Officer David Tinsley.

Officer Tinsley, 50, died after he suffered a cardiac medical emergency.

Tinsley was assisting other officers with a canine track following a vehicle pursuit, which turned into a foot chase of a suspect who had been operating a stolen auto. He was also serving as a field training officer.

Tinsley ran the foot pursuit with his K9 partner and the suspect was located and taken into custody. Following the pursuit, Tinsley was walking back to his patrol vehicle when he suddenly collapsed.

Tinsley’s partner called for assistance and immediately rendered emergency first aid, which included CPR and the use of an AED. He was transported to St. Joseph Hospital where he died a short time after his arrival.

In a statement, Mayor Tom Henry said the entire city is mourning Tinsley’s death.

Officer Tinsley passed away while serving and protecting our community. (He) was a respected and valued member of the FWPD team, and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Tinsley family during this most difficult time. We’re fortunate to live in a community that appreciates and understands the important role that law enforcement has in our everyday lives. We’re a safer and stronger city because of the men and women of the FWPD.

David Tinsley served the Fort Wayne Police Department for 16 years. His family survives him.

Officer David Tinsley is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Monday, September 10, 2018.

David Tinsley

David Tinsley
(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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