A reserve Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy died Friday while participating in the mountain biking competition at the 2017 World Police & Fire Games, authorities said.
Paramedics took Reserve Deputy Jacob Castroll, 68, from the Castaic Lake area to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital about 9:30 a.m. in “full (cardiac) arrest,” said county fire Inspector Joey Marron.
Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau later said the reserve deputy was pronounced dead at the hospital. He reportedly suffered a heart attack, but Rouzan said the cause of death would be investigated by the coroner’s office.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell issued a statement expressing sadness on behalf of the department over the deputy’s death.
“We offer our prayers and condolences to his family, friends and partners during this difficult time,” he said.
Castroll is survived by his wife Rody and three children, Victor, Lea and Rica, according to the sheriff’s department.
“Jacob was an avid bicyclist in his free time who participated in numerous Police Unity Tours,” according to an ALADS statement that described Castroll as “well-known throughout the department.”
“Our condolences are with Reserve Deputy Castroll’s family, friends and coworkers,” the union statement said.
The bicycle racing in Castaic was among the day’s events, which include dragon boat races at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale; basketball, boxing, darts and volleyball at the Los Angeles Convention Center; horseshoe tossing at Richard Rioux Park in Santa Clarita; pocket billiards at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower; and rugby at the Balboa Sports Center in Encino.
There also will be pistol shooting at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park and Pitchess Detention Center in Santa Clarita; softball at Big League Dreams in West Covina, swimming at the Exposition Park Swim Stadium, tennis at Griffith Park, and track and field at West Los Angeles College.
The bowling competition will take place at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City.
The 11-day Olympics-style competition for active and retired police officers and firefighters from around the world will continue through Wednesday.
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