A deputy is dead after suffering a heart attack during his annual physical assessment, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy James Wallace, 61, of Augusta, was on duty when he suffered the attack and died Thursday afternoon.
Deputies performed CPR until EMS arrived and James was transported to Doctors Hospital where he died at approximately 1 p.m., according to a news release from the sheriff’s office .
He will be sent for autopsy at GBI in Atlanta.
James started at the sheriff’s office in November 2010 at the age of 54 and was a dedicated employee where everyone knew him to be a good person and friend, the sheriff’s office said.
“Everyone at the Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of Deputy Wallace with his family and friends and we offer them our deepest condolences,” Capt. Allan Rollins said in a statement. “James was a good man and will be missed.”
Wallace is the second Richmond County Sheriff’s Office employee to die this week. On Tuesday, Investigator Christian Gandy was ejected and killed when he hit a deer while riding his motorcycle near the Burke County line. He was off-duty at the time.