Transportation authority police cadet dies after 5K run

July 17, 2005|By David Kohn | David Kohn,SUN STAFF

A 24-year-old Maryland Transportation Authority Police cadet died yesterday morning after completing a 5-kilometer run, police said.

Grant Turner of Crofton collapsed a few minutes after completing the race at Lindale Middle School in Linthicum. A doctor and several other health care workers were on the scene and immediately began treating him. He was taken to North Arundel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death is not known. Maryland Transportation Authority Police Chief Gary W. McLhinney said the state medical examiner would conduct an autopsy.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Sunday's editions on the death of a Maryland Transportation Authority Police cadet incorrectly identified the Baltimore Washington Medical Center by its former name, North Arundel Hospital.
The Sun regrets the errors.

McLhinney said Turner was in apparently good condition. As a cadet, he ran regularly and had passed a physical at the beginning of his academy training.

The race was a fund-raiser for the Fraternal Order of Police in honor of Duke Aaron, a transportation authority police officer who was killed in the line of duty July 20, 2004, when a driver rammed into Aaron's patrol car on the shoulder of U.S. 50.

Turner was engaged to be married in September.

The other 24 cadets are due to graduate Aug. 19. Yesterday, McLhinney posthumously promoted Turner to the rank of police officer. "This is a line-of-duty death," he said.

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