Officer dies after team tryout

January 18, 2009 4:35:08 PM PST
An El Paso County Sheriff's Department detention officer has died after becoming ill during tryouts for a special reaction team. The sheriff's department said in a release that 37-year-old Cesar Arreola died early Sunday at a local hospital where he had been taken after becoming ill during Saturday's tryout.

Arreola complained of a shortness of breath and light-headedness after completing the tryout.

He had been with the sheriff's department for more than a year and was a Gulf War veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Martha, and two children.

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