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Police Applicant Dies After Completing Fitness Test

Police Applicant Dies After Completing Fitness Test

The Baltimore Sun via YellowBrix

January 16, 2011

BALTIMORE – Baltimore police have identified the applicant who died during testing. The Sun’s Frederick N. Rassmussen filed this report:

The 29-year-old man who collapsed and died after finishing a 1.5-mile run as part of his application to become a Baltimore police officer was identified Saturday as Gilnord Charles. Baltimore Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Charles had passed the civil service portion of the exam and was taking the physical agility test at Northwestern High School Friday morning. Charles collapsed immediately after finishing the run on the high school track, Guglielmi said.

Two of the other people taking the test were medics and tried to treat Charles, who was later taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Guglielmi said. Guglielmi said Charles did not indicate any health issues to instructors and appeared to be in good health. Charles lived in the Baltimore area and had served in the military, he added.

Earlier Report:

Baltimore police say a man who was applying to become an officer collapsed and died after finishing a fitness test run Friday.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the 29-year-old man had passed the civil service exam and was taking the physical agility test at Northwestern High School on Friday morning. He said the man collapsed immediately after he finished the 1.5-mile run on a track.

Two of the other people taking the test were medics and tried to treat the man. He was taken to Sinai Hospital, where Guglielmi said the man was pronounced dead.

Guglielmi said the man did not indicate any health issues to instructors and he appeared to be in good health. Police have not released the man’s name. Guglielmi said he lived in the Baltimore area and that he had a military background.


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