TaskForce 7 member dies while training

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

While training to "protect those who protect others," a TaskForce 7 member died in the line of duty Sunday afternoon, according to Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband.

"TaskForce 7 Coordinator Enrico Garcia Jr. was training with several members of a force protection team when he became ill," Husband said about the incident, which happened at a shooting range on County Road 1200 North shortly before 3 p.m.

"The team members performed CPR before Garcia was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital,"?Husband added.

As the Force Protection Team Training Coordinator, Garcia specialized in training team members to form a flexible and mobile unit that, when activated, would assist in the containment, de-escalation and ultimate control of security situations during deployment or activation of emergency response personnel.

Garcia was also the hazardous materials coordinator for the Fire Marshal's office, now under the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Gerri Husband, who worked with Garcia as part of her job with the U.S. Department of Energy Homeland Security Districts 1 and 6, said he was a man who praised the works of others before admitting his own success.

"I don't think there was a person who ever met him that didn't like him," she said.

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