Autopsy reveals factors in police recruit's death
Tony Alexander Cephas, 43, collapsed during training exercise
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two factors appear to have contributed to the death of a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office recruit, who was rushed to the hospital during a training exercise at the police academy in March.
According to a report from the Medical Examiner’s Office, Tony Cephas died from arteriosclerotic heart disease and sickle cell anemia was a contributing factor in his death.
The report shows Cephas’ left coronary artery was 75% blocked, which is considered a severe blockage. His right coronary artery was 50% blocked.
Cephas, 43, had been exercising with his class of recruits for about 15 minutes when they were given a water break. An instructor noticed something was wrong and Cephas was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
Cephas is survived by his wife and two children.
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