St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Wendell Ishmon died on April 3, after he suffered a medical emergency while off-duty, according to his department.
His neighbor of 14 years, Frieda Askew, said paramedics were at the veteran officer’s home the day prior to his sudden death.
“I saw the paramedics put him in the ambulance Tuesday afternoon,” Askew said in response to a Facebook post by the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association (SLPOA). “Devastating news.”
Officer Ishmon “succumbed to an illness” on April 3, the SLPOA said.
“Our condolences and prayers go out to the family of our Brother Wendell Ishmon, a kind, brave and fearless Police Officer, who put his life on the line countless times for the safety of the citizens of St. Louis,” the post read. “Godspeed, Police Officer Wendell Ishmon.”
Officer Ishmon joined the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) On Sept. 13, 1996, the agency tweeted on Friday.
In 2013, his peers selected him as the Officer of the Year for the Second District, according to the city’s website.
He was serving as a field training officer at the time.
“During the past year, Officer Ishmon conducted 99 arrest and assists, resulting in 102 felony, misdemeanor, and city ordinances charges,” the City of St. Louis Department of Public Safety noted as part of the 2013 award. “He also issued more than 160 traffic citations, answered more than 1,640 radio assignments and wrote more than 150 police reports.”
At the time, the Officer Ishmon had only missed one day of work during his entire career with SLMPD.
PO Ishmon will be missed,” the SLMPD tweeted. “Please keep his family & friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Wendell Ishmon, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.