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Sergeant Joseph James Abdella | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Sergeant

Joseph James Abdella

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Friday, August 14, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 21 years

Badge # S125

Cause: Heart attack

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Sergeant Joseph Abdella suffered a fatal heart attack after assembling an obstacle course for a training session for the Detroit Police Department's Mounted Unit in Palmer Park.

He had spent approximately six hours moving heavy lumber and hundreds of hay bails to simulate conditions that the officers and horses might encounter while on duty. Sergeant Abdella began to feel ill and went to rest in an air conditioned office. When he failed to return after several minutes another officer went to check on him and found him unresponsive.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour later.

Sergeant Abdella had served with the Detroit Police Department for 21 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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My prayers are with Sgt. Joe Abdella's family. Joe was first and foremost a dedicated family man. A great dad and husband. He was known as a true leader in the City of Detroit as well as in his own community. As an officer his integrity and dedication to the citizens and to the city were second to none. Those that had the pleasure of working with Sgt. Abdella or working for him learned a lot from him as he was a "wealth of knowledge". He was well respected by his peers and always lead by example. He was proven to be a great supervisor. A positive role model on a daily basis. Joe was a great officer, motivator, instructor, and friend to many.

Retired, Art Dudal
Detroit Police Department, classmate. Dec 15th 2015
December 16, 2015

 

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