FOP: Police recruit in hospital after medical emergency during training

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A Cincinnati police recruit is in the hospital following a medical emergency during a training exercise on Wednesday, according to the police union.

The Cincinnati Police Department reported that the 36-year-old male recruit was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment and remains in serious condition.

The department said the circumstances leading up to the event and also the response to the situation are being reviewed.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our recruit and his family," the department said.

The recruit's name has not been released.

The union statement said the recruits were doing a "subject control exercise" in which the instructor plays the role of a person resisting arrest.

"Recruits wear protective headgear and padding," the statement said, "but it is strenuous, much like a high school wrestling match."

A Cincinnati firefighter participating in the training provided first aid until the ambulance arrived, the union statement said.

"The FOP is praying for a quick and complete recovery," the union said.

Union president Dan Hils said safety is taken seriously during these exercises, which are some of the same drills that he was trained with when he first joined the force.

"This is one of those unexplained things that can't be predicted or prevented," Hils said.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: FOP: Police recruit in hospital after medical emergency during training

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