| Detroit Free Press
The Troy Police Department is mourning the loss of a 29-year veteran communications officer who suffered a heart attack while on duty earlier this month.
Communications Supervisor Curtis Reynolds Jr. died Friday in a local hospital, six days after collapsing at work, according to Facebook posts by the Police Department.
The heart attack occurred on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 19, which was Reynolds’ 50th birthday, the department said. He was in the communications section, waiting to take over from the night shift at about 7:30 a.m. when he became unresponsive.
Multiple employees performed CPR and Curtis was taken to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital where he sustained diminished brain activity over several days as a result of the heart attack and eventually died.
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Troy police said Reynolds was a key employee in the dispatch center, which is charged with taking phone calls from often frantic citizens and sending officers to dangerous calls.
During his 29-year career, Curtis received 16 commendations for outstanding service.
“Curtis embodied the calm, competent presence that skilled dispatchers provide to citizens and officers as well,” the department said in a Facebook post. “In May 2009, Curtis received a Departmental Commendation for such a response to a domestic violence incident involving an armed and suicidal subject.”
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More recently, Curtis was supervising the communications section on Feb. 20, 2018, when a barricaded gunman incident occurred at house on Brooklawn.
“Curtis managed communications during this long incident that resulted in peaceful resolution. He was lauded for his ‘decisive and calm demeanor.’”
A memorial fund through GoFundMe has been set up by the Troy Communication Supervisors Association. Donations will assist Curtis’ three children with the funeral and any other associated costs.
Steve Pepple is the director of suburban news coverage at the Detroit Free Press. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Become a subscriber.