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Detective John Michael Piskator | Key West Police Department, Florida Key West Police Department, Florida


John Michael Piskator

Key West Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, January 23, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 1 year, 10 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Heart attack

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Detective John Piskator suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in physical fitness training with the agency's Special Response Team.

The unit was jogging on Duck Avenue when Detective Piskator collapsed. Officers immediately began CPR until rescue units arrived and transported him to Lower Keys Medical Center. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

He had been promoted to the rank of detective the previous week.

Detective Piskator had served with the Key West Police Department for just under two years and had previously served with the United States Army for eight years as a Ranger with the 82nd Airborne Division during Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, and Kuwait Liberation Medal. He is survived by his son and three brothers.

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There were never many Officers who I considered a friend and looked forward to working with. From that time you help save me in that house in the village after hearing my voice on the radio which you said, "sounded odd" then you forced your way into the house to have my back I will never forget you and looking forward to fighting the fight along slide you agin.

Matt Dorgan
September 10, 2014


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