Chief Craig Capri of the Daytona Beach Police Department in Florida sadly reports the death of Officer Thomas Coulter.

Officer Coulter, 25, was participating in his recruit training which involved a team project with 23 other newly hired police officers. The training exercise involved light physical calisthenics and running. During PT he began to feel ill and suddenly collapsed.

Officer Coulter was conscious and talking to other officers when transported to Halifax Hospital. Initially his prognosis for recovery appeared to be good. However, his condition deteriorated over the weekend and he died early Monday morning.

Thomas Coulter was in his first week of service for the Daytona Beach Police Department.

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Officer Thomas Coulter (Daytona Beach Police Department)

“I just don’t understand. They told us he was going to be OK, initially,” Capri said. “I’m hoping the autopsy will show us what happened.”

There was no indication of previous health issues and Coulter passed every test to become a police officer, Capri said.

“Sometimes things just happen. You don’t know the reason why,” Capri said. “A lot of it is in God’s hand.”

The chief said Coulter had achieved his lifelong goal of becoming a Daytona Beach police officer, reported clickorlando.

“He had to fight hard to get that,” Capri said. “He knew he made it. He obtained his goals.”

His high school sweetheart, who he married six months ago, survives him.

Officer Thomas Coulter is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Monday, May 21, 2018.

Thomas Coulter

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow)