Riverside County K-9 handler dies of heart attack during training

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Sgt. Harry Cohen is shown in an undated photo posted by Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco on Oct. 19, 2020.

Sgt. Harry Cohen is shown in an undated photo posted by Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco on Oct. 19, 2020.

A Riverside County Sheriff’s Department sergeant who worked as a K-9 handler died after a heart attack during training, the agency announced Monday.

Sgt. Harry Cohen had worked “many years” on the K-9 team and was described as a “respected” handler, Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a Facebook post.

“Last night our Department lost a man of God, husband, father, best friend, and deputy,” the sheriff said in the post.

At the time of his death Sunday, Cohen was supervising the team, Bianco said.

“Sergeant Harry Cohen will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him,” the post read.

He had been with the department for more than 24 years and had worked as a deputy at the Banning, Lake Elsinore and Southwest stations, officials said in an Instagram post Monday afternoon.

Cohen became a corporal at the Southwest station, and was then promoted to sergeant in 2010.

From there he worked at the Perris and Moreno Valley stations, the department’s training center, special enforcement bureau and finally the K-9 unit.

He is survived by his wife, son and daughter, officials said.

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