Tragic Incident at NYPD Shooting Range

Tragic Incident at NYPD Shooting Range
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Edgar Ordonez, a 33-year-old NYPD recruit, suf­fered a med­ical episode, like­ly relat­ed to heat exhaus­tion, at the Rod­man’s Neck fir­ing range in the Bronx on a swel­ter­ing sum­mer day. He was rushed to Jaco­bi Med­ical Cen­ter but could not be saved, pass­ing away just a week before he was set to grad­u­ate from the police academy.

Tributes and Condolences

Police Com­mis­sion­er Edward Caban expressed his con­do­lences, describ­ing Ordonez as a “fall­en broth­er” and a “bea­con of joy and pos­i­tive ener­gy” for his fel­low recruits. PBA Pres­i­dent Patrick Hendry also paid trib­ute to Ordonez, high­light­ing his dri­ve and deter­mi­na­tion to become a New York City police officer.

Possible Heat-Related Incidents

In a sep­a­rate inci­dent, also poten­tial­ly heat-relat­ed, an NYPD offi­cer faint­ed and appar­ent­ly struck their head at the Fort Tot­ten facil­i­ty in Queens on the same day. The con­di­tion of this offi­cer is still unclear, as the NYPD con­tin­ues to inves­ti­gate the matter.

Weather Conditions and Concerns

The trag­ic inci­dent occurred on a day when a heat advi­so­ry was in effect in the city, with tem­per­a­tures reach­ing 86 degrees Fahren­heit and a heat index mak­ing it feel clos­er to 100 degrees out­side. The extreme weath­er con­di­tions like­ly con­tributed to the med­ical episodes expe­ri­enced by the NYPD personnel.

Tragic Loss for the NYPD Community

The death of Edgar Ordonez, just days before he was set to join the ranks of the NYPD, has left the depart­ment and the com­mu­ni­ty in mourn­ing. As they grieve this “unimag­in­able loss,” the NYPD and the city must come togeth­er to sup­port Ordonez’s fam­i­ly, friends, and fel­low offi­cers dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.

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