JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A corrections officer who was supposed to be one of the star fighters in the upcoming Guns N’ Hoses Charity Boxing Tournament is in the fight for his life after suffering a heart attack Monday.
Orange County Corrections Sgt. Jerry Haddock, 40, was on life support at UF Health Jacksonville Tuesday after he collapsed following a training session for the 20th annual Guns N' Hoses event, which features officers fighting against firefighters. It's scheduled for April 21.
Haddock, one of the stars for the annual charity boxing match, was in critical condition at last check. His wife and three teenage daughters traveled to the hospital to be by his side, praying he recovers.
His wife said he had gotten a clean bill of health during a recent checkup, but he collapsed in a split second.
Haddock, who's from Orlando, was in Jacksonville Monday to train at the Guns N' Hoses gym on Jacksonville's Eastside. He had just finished his workout when he collapsed near his car. Two trainers performed CPR until paramedics rushed him to the hospital.
Retired Detective Carl Graham told News4Jax that he had just finished training his friend, Haddock.
"I rushed back. We attempted CPR, myself and another officer, while we are waiting for rescue to arrive," said Graham, who's the lead boxing trainer for the event's police team. "I can't say enough about him. I mean, we love him to pieces really."