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SWAT Officer Collapses, Dies After Grueling Training Exercise

SWAT Officer Collapses, Dies After Grueling Training Exercise

Associated Press | San Francisco Chronicle

August 01, 2011

BUENA PARK, CA – Daniel Ackerman had just completed a grueling physical fitness test required for all Buena Park Police SWAT officers when he became disoriented and stared off into space.

An on-site doctor noticed something was wrong and by 8:15 a.m. on Friday, Ackerman was in a squad car heading toward the hospital. The next morning, the 31-year-old was dead.

The Irvine resident had no preexisting medical condition and appeared to be in his prime, according to his sister.

“He’s the healthiest person in the family,” said Christie Thompson, 19. “He works out every day, he eats healthy. He had a check-up not long ago and all his medical tests came back fine. It’s shocking and heartbreaking.”

Ackerman, who grew up in Buena Park and attended Kennedy High School in La Palma, had long dreamed of becoming a police officer and joined the police Explorers at age 14. He became a reserve officer in April 2001 and was hired full-time four years later, said Buena Park Cpl. Andy Luong.

Recently selected for SWAT, Ackerman seemed fine at the start of the required semiannual strength and endurance test at Fullerton’s water tower facility. Ackerman completed the course, which includes running and jumping over walls and fences, within the required time, but then seemed to zone out, Luong said.

When family members first arrived at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Ackerman was conscious and responsive. He greeted his daughter Avery, who had turned 2 years old that day. The tube down his throat prevented him from talking, but he waved as if everything was all right.

“You could ask him questions and he’d nod and could squeeze your hand to say yes or no,” Thompson said. “He started showing improvement and then he went downhill. They found internal bleeding and his veins started collapsing. It just happened so fast.”

Ackerman passed away Saturday about 3:40 a.m. In addition to his sister and daughter, he is survived by his mother, Cindy, of Cypress and his girlfriend, Sharitie Harper of Midway City. The family was awaiting results of the autopsy and had yet to set a funeral date.

Thompson said she takes comfort in the fact that her brother had achieved much of what he set out to do. “He wanted to become a part of SWAT, so we can honestly say he died content,” she said. “I just wish he would have gotten more of a chance to experience his goal.”


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    LALLAIN

    over 2 years ago

    106 Comments

    R.I.P. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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    K9_91

    over 2 years ago

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    RIP Brother

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    gumshoe57

    over 2 years ago

    36 Comments

    RIP brother

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    alex11991

    over 2 years ago

    1978 Comments

    RIP brother.

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    philfroggy

    over 2 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in peace Brother

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    AZmeangreen

    over 2 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Rest in peace brother.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 2 years ago

    46104 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Ackerman. Thank you for your service.

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    SkoolCop49

    over 2 years ago

    1560 Comments

    Rest In Peace brother we have the watch from here...

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    michaelem54

    over 2 years ago

    34 Comments

    RIP

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    MaxVirtus

    over 2 years ago

    12766 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother.

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    larrydallaspoling

    over 2 years ago

    28 Comments

    i hope to read something about an autopsy. i wonder about energy drinks.and the such. i know the loss of family members is a pain that only time and gods help can ease. love is never lost. its always somewhere. resting in peace may not be the choice for officer ackerman because even after passing the job doesnt end it just gets better.

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    FireDad

    over 2 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Ackerman

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    smkedvr73

    over 2 years ago

    124 Comments

    RIP Brother. I agree with whalewatcher.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 2 years ago

    10928 Comments

    Rest in peace, Officer Ackerman. Hope the autopsy results shed some light on this, to help provide closure for the family and to avoid a repeat of this kind of tragedy in the future.

  • shadow_officer

    over 2 years ago

    8562 Comments

    RIP brother

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