Recruit dies during training at Riverside sheriff’s academy

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Riverside County Sheriff’s officials today announced the death of a recruit, who passed away during training at the department’s Ben Clark Training Center on Davis Ave. in Riverside, Tuesday morning, August 11.

The recruit, who was employed by an outside agency, was attending the sworn sheriff’s academy at the large, multi-agency public safety training center, according to authorities who reported the trainee’s passing.


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Cal Fire-Riverside and American Medical Response personnel were dispatched to the training facility around 7:19 a.m., after witnesses called 911 and reported that a recruit did not appear to be feeling well.

According to Riverside Sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Lionel Murphy, when fire and rescue personnel arrived at the scene the recruit lost consciousness and paramedics began performing life-saving measures.

Although the recruit was transported by AMR to a nearby hospital, he did not survive.

“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is saddened to announce the death … and … offers its condolences to the family during this difficult time,” said Murphy.

The name of the recruit is being withheld at the request of the victim’s family.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.


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