Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen released autopsy results Wednesday which indicates a training officer, who died Sunday during a training incident, suffered a fatal heart attack.
According to officials, shortly before 3 p.m., Sunday, Enrico Garcia Jr., 45, was participating in a training exercise with several members of the District 7 TaskForce protection team at a shooting range located at County Road 1200 North when he became ill and lost consciousness.
The team members performed CPR before Garcia was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Born Nov. 1, 1962, in the Philippines, Garcia is survived by his wife, Elise, and three sons.
Currently serving with Indiana Homeland Security as an Emergency Responder for Hazardous Materials /WMD/Counter-Terrorism Response, Garcia was a special deputy with the Vigo, Putnam and Sullivan County Sheriff's Departments as well as a deputy Marshal in the town of Roachdale, Ind. He also served for seven years as a firefighter/EMT with the Terre Haute Fire Department and was previously an Adjunct Instructor at Indiana State University and Indiana Vocational Technical College.
Garcia was a public safety professional for more than 21 years with backgrounds in fire/rescue, law enforcement, emergency medical service, emergency management, and Hazmat and helped co-found TaskForce 7.
Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband provided The Brazil Times with information about Garcia's funeral arrangements at Maryland Community Church, located at 4700 South State Road 46, Terre Haute.
On Friday there will be visitation from 4-8 p.m., with both police and fire honors at the funeral services scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday with Jack Fox officiating. Burial will be in Highland Lawn Cemetery.
Emergency Service Agencies with or without apparatus attending the funeral service are asked to be present at the church at 9:30 a.m. for further information and processional lineup.
Indiana Department of Homeland Security Fire & Building Safety Division Gary W. Robison, who is helping to coordinate the services, is expecting a large turnout of emergency response personnel from around the state to participate in the processional to Highland Lawn Cemetery.
"A lot of people knew and worked with this man, they respected him," Robison said in a telephone interview. "I think there will be a lot of people there."
For those who choose, memorial contributions may be made to the Enrico Garcia Jr. Memorial Fund, in care of any First Financial Bank location.