Chief Rod Mohler of the Shelley Police Department in Idaho sadly reports the death of Sgt. Kent Swanson.
Sgt. Swanson, 47, suffered a cardiac medical emergency while responding to a disturbance call late in the evening. He arrived on scene and was conducting his investigation when he collapsed.
Other officers at the location administered basic life support emergency first aid before paramedics took over. He was then transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where he passed away.
Kent Swanson served the Shelley Police Department for 16 years and was the agency’s K9 handler. He previously served as a school resource officer.
Shelley, Idaho Police Sergeant Kent Swanson suffered a fatal heart attack while investigating a disturbance call last night. Nampa PD sends strength to our brothers and sisters of SPD and the Swanson Family. #LODD #NeverForget #Swanson1103
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— Nampa PD (@NampaPolice1) May 22, 2018
Swanson was a veteran member of the Idaho Falls Police Department Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 6, reported East Idaho News.
“Shelley is a small but very close community with only 8 police officers, (and this is) a huge loss for them. Please keep the Swanson family and our brothers and sisters from Shelley PD in your thoughts and prayers,” FOP officials posted in a Facebook message Tuesday morning.
Mohler said he wanted to express his gratitude for the support of the community during this time.
“From me and all the officers, we are grateful for the comments and for everyone reaching out with support,” Mohler said. “We just appreciate this community.”
Swanson served as the SRO at Shelley High School until December. Assistant Principal Burke Davis described him as the kind of person who would do a favor for anyone, someone who cared passionately about the school and its students, according to Idaho Press.
“It’s (shocking) and very sad,” Davis said. “Our hearts and our prayers and our thoughts are definitely with his family.”
Swanson faced danger in 2014 when a suspect intentionally rammed his patrol car with his son and K9 partner inside. Swanson had activated his lights to stop the suspect, believing the man was trying to flee. The suspect instead accelerated and veered into the front corner of the driver’s side of the police car, putting himself, Swanson and his son in the hospital. Swanson was back on duty the next day.
“It’s one of those things you’ve got to get back and not sit and think about it,” Swanson said at the time.
Sgt. Kent Swanson is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Monday, May 21, 2018.