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Saratoga County deputy collapsed, died during training run for triathlon, says sheriff

Saratoga County deputy collapsed, died during training run for triathlon, says sheriff

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Deputy Sheriff John Brown, who died suddenly Sunday while training for a triathlon.

Calling hours will be held from 10 AM to 12 PM Friday at the Grace Fellowship church on Delatour Road in Watervliet. The funeral will begin shortly after that.

His burial will happen at 3 PM at Saratoga National Cemetery.


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SARATOGA, NY (WRGB) Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo says his department is shocked after the death of one of their own.

Deputy Sheriff John Brown died suddenly Sunday while training for a triathlon in Albany.

The deputy served Saratoga County for 12 years.

“Happy-go-lucky, hard worker, always had a smile on his face, always had a laugh you would recognize,” Zurlo said.

Deputy Brown patrolled the roads of Halfmoon and Clifton Park, and was one of four deputies who would bike local trails to protect hikers.

Sheriff Zurlo says he got the call Sunday afternoon Deputy Brown had suddenly passed away in Albany.

“Most of the members, men and women here are in a state of shock, but we're strong as a department so we'll get through this together as a group,” Zurlo said.

Albany Police say the deputy collapsed at the intersection of Western Avenue and Brookline Ave. around 1pm Sunday. Zurlo said he was running by himself to train for a triathlon. We're told he wasn’t far from his home.

“He was always an avid runner, he always kept himself in shape,” Zurlo said.

Albany Police say Brown was taken to Albany Medical Center after a call came in for a "man down", and that Brown was later pronounced dead. The cause of death is still under investigation.

“I think the number one goal is his family, and making sure they're taken care of,” Zurlo said.

Sheriff Zurlo says Deputy Brown leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old son.

The 45-year-old deputy was also a former marine, the sheriff says he had aspired to become an investigator and was currently in a program to work toward his goal.

“He did a great job for us,” Zurlo said.

Albany Police say they're waiting on autopsy results to determine Brown’s cause of death.

Funeral arrangements for the deputy have yet to be announced.

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