A DeKalb County detention officer recruit has died, one day after becoming sick during routine physical fitness training.
Sheriff Thomas Brown tells WSB George Ward, 29, had only been on the job two days but had passed a physical efficiency battery test and a medical clearance prior to being hired.
"He was pretty much near the end of the physical agility portion of the morning that consisted of various exercises, when he was close to passing out," said Brown.
Other recruits helped him back to the bus where he got progressively worse. He was then taken by ambulance to DeKalb Medical Center. He died Wednesday afternoon around 3 o'clock.
Brown says this is the first time such an incident has occurred during his 12 years as sheriff and telling the other recruits was not easy.
"It was not a dry eye in the room including mine, when I had to bring them the terrible news," said Brown.
Brown says there were plenty of fluids and Ward showed no prior signs of getting sick.
"I can tell you for a fact that they would not have told him to keep going. That's just not how we operate," said Brown.
"I don't think there is anything that we need to do change our procedure. We just need to wait and see the results of the autopsy."