Deputy Sheriff Hans Fifer Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas End of Watch: Monday, April 8, 2013

Deputy Sheriff Hans Fifer | Faulkner County Sheriff's Office, ArkansasFaulkner County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff Hans Fifer

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas
End of Watch: Monday, April 8, 2013

Biographical Info

Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: April 8, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Andy Shock
Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office
801 Locust Street
Conway, AR 72034
Phone: (501) 450-4914

Deputy Sheriff Hans Fifer suffered a fatal heart attack following a training session and tryout with the agency’s SWAT team at a facility in North Little Rock.
He began experiencing shortness of breath during the training and was administered oxygen. Shortly thereafter he began suffering chest pains and collapsed. He was transported to Springhill Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Deputy Fifer had served with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time deputy for only four months. He had previously served as a reserve deputy with the agency and with the Cabot Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters.

A Faulkner County sheriff’s deputy died after participating in a training session in North Little Rock Monday morning.

Deputy Hans Fifer, 32, completed a SWAT training program — consisting of running, jumping, pushups and other physical activities — when he began experiencing shortness of breath, according to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

EMS personnel on the scene gave the deputy oxygen treatment and shortly after that, he began complaining of chest pains before he collapsed, Sheriff Andy Shock told the newspaper.

The EMS crew performed CPR on Fifer until an ambulance arrived and transported him to Springhill Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

"We think there may have been some underlying health issues that we weren’t aware of and maybe Hans wasn’t even aware of," Shock told the newspaper.

Fifer had just joined the sheriff’s department in January.

He began his career in law enforcement as a volunteer reserve deputy in Faulkner County a few years ago and had served with the Cabot Police Department following his stint as a volunteer reserve.

Fifer was married with two daughters, ages 3 and 5, according to Shock.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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