New York police officer dies of heart attack during drug bustBy Mason White 4:24 AM February 3, 2013
By: David Ross
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A police officer’s heart couldn’t take the stress of a drug bust, according to police reports in New York.
The New York Police Department narcotics sergeant died of an apparent heart attack, while in the streets doing a buy-and-bust in Brooklyn.
Sergeant Patrick Divers, a 25-year veteran assigned to Brooklyn North Narcotics, was in a police car near Myrtle and Nostrand Avenues, when he suffered the heart attack at about 10:30 am, sources said.
Divers died shortly afterwards at Woodhull Medical Center.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly rushed to the hospital to talk with the fellow sergeant, who was 51-years-old and the family.
As his body was moved from the hospital, uniformed officers lined up to greet the officer who made more than 1,000 arrests and won 35 awards in his career for excellent and meritorious police work.
Another 50 or so plainclothes police narcotics were seen leaving Woodhull,many in tears.
“It’s a tragedy,” an official said.
“He was a really good guy,” the officer said.
“He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met,” said the police officer Noreen Murray, who was sworn in with Divers. “He took care of everyone and did not leave anyone out,” he added.
Divers was married and had a daughter and a son.
He joined the NYPD in 1987 and was promoted to sergeant in 2003.