Special Deputy Sheriff
Enrico Aquino Garcia Jr.
Vigo County Sheriff's Department
Sunday, September 23, 2007

Age: 44
Served: 20 years
Badge #:
Panel 2E, Line 26
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Heart attack
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, September 23, 2007
02:50 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
3057 West County Road 1200 North, Brazil
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Dick Johnson
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute

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   Special Deputy Sheriff Enrico Garcia suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting a tactical training exercise at a shooting range.

   He was training with Task Force 7, a multi-jurisdictional response team he co-founded and is comprised of first responders from eight surrounding counties, when he was overcome by the heat and collapsed while wearing full-body armor. Emergency medical teams immediately started cardiopulmonary resuscitation and transported him to St. Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil, where he was pronounced dead.

   Special Deputy Sheriff Garcia, from Terre Haute, had served with the Vigo County Sheriff's Department for five years and had been involved in public safety for more than 20 years. He primarily served with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security as a coordinator for Hazardous Materials, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counter-Terrorism Response.

   He also served as a special deputy with the Putnam County and Sullivan County sheriff's departments and as a deputy marshal with the Roachdale Town Marshal's Office. He had previously served with the Terre Haute Fire Department as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for seven years. Special Deputy Sheriff Garcia was survived by his wife, three sons, six sisters, three brothers, father and stepmother.


Military Service

United States Air Force

Historical Note

• Special Deputy Sheriff Garcia is the first known Asian law enforcement line of duty death in Indiana.

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This officer has been denied inclusion on the Indiana Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters Memorial in Indianapolis.

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