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. Christopher Dornblaser, 717-505-5436/@YDDornblaser


Officials have released details about this week's public memorial service for fallen York City Police Officer Alex Sable.

Philip Given, chief of staff for York City Mayor Michael Helfrich, said in a news release Wednesday, May 16, that the service for Sable will be held at the York Expo Center's Utz Arena at noon Friday, May 18.

Doors to the Utz Arena, 334 Carlisle Ave., will open at 11 a.m., Given said.

The public should enter the expo center through the Highland Avenue gate, according to the release.

The service will be led by the Rev. Larry Rieck, of Harvest Community Church in Maytown. Sable, a Lancaster County resident, was a member of that church, according to his obituary.

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The service also will include several speakers, including interim York City Police Chief Troy Bankert. 

Detective Jeremy Mayer, president of White Rose Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents the rank and file, will lead the FOP rituals, according to Given.

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Sable, 37, a four-year member of the police department, suffered a heart attack while doing SWAT-type training in Baltimore County, Maryland, on May 6.

The Baltimore County Police Department said Sable was on a 12-person team conducting a water exercise as a part of a SWAT school class at the Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk Campus pool. He was training to become a member of the York County Quick Response Team, according to York City officials.

He was taken to a Baltimore-area hospital, where he died Wednesday, May 9.

Sable, a former Marine, lived in Lancaster County with his wife and three young children.

A YouCaring fundraising page has been set up for his family, and apparel is being sold at to benefit his family, according to the release. All money raised will go toward his family's living expenses or the education of his children.

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