Texas detention cadet dies during first day of training
Cadet Kevin Reaux died after experiencing a medical episode; he was 59
By Sarah Sinning
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is mourning the passing of one of its own, KSAT reports. Detention Cadet Kevin Reaux died late last month after suffering a medical episode during his first day of training. He was 59.
Authorities say that Reaux began experiencing shortness of breath during physical exercise training and was rushed to a local hospital after losing consciousness. According to the medical examiner, Reaux died as a result of cardiovascular disease.
Friends say Reaux was excited to begin his new career and serve his community.
“The loss of Cadet Kevin Reaux is heartbreaking, especially given the fact that he lost his life at the start of his new career with the Sheriff’s Office," Sheriff Javier Salazar said in a statement. "Although I only spoke to him briefly while welcoming his new cadet class yesterday, his honorable character was shown by his willingness to serve our community. We ask for your thoughts and prayers for his blood family and his family in blue.”
On Monday, the sheriff's office provided an honor escort for Reaux from the medical examiner's office to Mission Park South Funeral Home.
Reaux is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family in the wake of his sudden loss.