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NYPD Recruit Dies After Collapsing During East River Run

By DNAinfo Staff on September 12, 2011 11:26pm

Police Officer Sherman Abrams died after collapsing during a run with his police academy class along the East River on Mon., Sept. 12, 2011.
Police Officer Sherman Abrams died after collapsing during a run with his police academy class along the East River on Mon., Sept. 12, 2011.
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By Patrick Hedlund and Jill Colvin

MANHATTAN — An NYPD recruit died after collapsing during a training run Monday, authorities said.

Police Officer Sherman Abrams, 28, collapsed after completing a run with his Police Academy class along the East River, officials said.

Abrams, of Brooklyn, was running with classmates on the jogging path between East 14th and Houston streets before collapsing about 5:40 p.m., the NYPD said.

He was transported to Beth Israel Hospital and pronounced dead, authorities said.

Abrams had worked as a corrections officer prior to entering the academy in July, according to a statement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

“Sherman made the decision to dedicate his life to protecting New Yorkers, serving as a correction officer for four years until he got the call to join the NYPD,” Bloomberg said.

“Commissioner Kelly and I met with his mother tonight at Beth Israel Hospital, where we offered our deepest condolences and the thanks of an entire city grateful for his willingness to serve and help keep us all safe. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of Sherman’s family and friends.”

Kelly added that Sherman’s work as an officer began as soon as he started his training with the academy.

“He made a commitment to public service first as a correction officer and then as a police officer with a seriousness few are prepared to make so early in their careers,” Kelly said in a statement.

“On behalf of all the members of the New York City Police Department, I extend my deepest condolences to Sherman’s family and friends at this difficult time.”