York City Mayor Michael Helfrich talks about Alex Sable, a York City Police officer who died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack during training on Sunday. York Dispatch


A public memorial service for the York City Police officer who died after suffering a medical emergency last week will be held at noon Friday, May 18, at the York Expo Center's Utz Arena. 

York City officials announced the memorial service in a news release Sunday.

Alex Sable, 37, of Lancaster County, died Wednesday, May 9, after suffering a cardiac arrest during a SWAT tactical training exercise three days earlier in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Sable, a four-year veteran of the police department with a wife and three young children, was training for the York County Quick Response Team, according to city officials. 

The ceremony for Sable, who was called a "hero" by Fraternal Order of Police Local No. 15 President Les Neri, will be open to the public.

Sable's death continues a trend of loss within the local emergency service community.

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A deputy U.S. marshal died in Harrisburg in January after he was shot and killed while serving a warrant. A York City Police officer also was shot in the incident but survived.

Two York City firefighters died in in the line of duty two months later.

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Gov. Tom Wolf addressed Sable's death, as well as the others before him, in a statement Thursday, May 10.

"This has been a difficult year for the greater York public safety community, but we are reminded each day of the sacrifices they all make on behalf of their fellow citizens," Wolf said. "We will be forever grateful for Alex's service." 

Donations will be accepted to aid the Sable family through a YouCaring page, according to the news release. Apparel is also being sold in Sable's memory; all monies raised will go directly to the family's living expenses and children's educational needs.

Additional information about the memorial program and road closures are to be announced.



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