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36-Year-Old Alameda County (CA) Police Officer Dies Unexpectedly After Experiencing Medical Emergency on Duty


A 36-year-old Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy died after experiencing a medical emergency while on duty in Dublin.

Deputy Aubrey Phillips reportedly conducted a traffic stop Saturday at around 1:46 a.m. in which she arrested the vehicle’s driver.

While sitting in her patrol car during the arrest process, Phillips suffered a severe medical emergency.

She died after allegedly suffering a brain aneurysm during the traffic stop.

KPIX 5 reported:

Another officer noticed Phillips in distress and began first aid efforts, the sheriff’s office said. Phillips was rushed to Stanford Valley Care Hospital in Pleasanton in critical condition. She was then transferred to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for life-saving intervention but she died at the hospital.

Deputy Phillips was a registered organ donor and her organs will be donated to others as she wished.

“This tragic event has touched each member of this agency,” said Sheriff Gregory Ahern in a press statement. “Aubrey’s short life will live on even after her passing. Aubrey will continue to serve her community by giving the gift of life to others in need. She was truly a remarkable person and served this agency and Alameda County with dignity and honor.”

Phillips was a five-year veteran of the sheriff’s office was assigned as a midnight shift patrol officer in the City of Dublin. She is the daughter of a now-retired Alameda County Deputy Sheriff while her husband is a current deputy with the agency. Phillips and her husband have three young children.

“Our Agency is heartbroken over the sudden death of Deputy Phillips,” read a press statement from the sheriff’s office. “We are providing counseling and peer support to our members impacted by her loss.”

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The COVID Blog added:

Alameda County is in the Bay Area, with Oakland as its county seat. The county public health department issued Health Officer Order No. 21-05 on November 9, 2021. It required all first responders, including law enforcement, to be fully-vaccinated by December 21, 2021. The order allows religious and medical exemptions. But as we’ve seen frequently at COVID Legal USA, a vast majority of exemption requests in California are dead on arrival.

California law forces employers to pay for weekly testing and the time it takes for exempted workers to get the tests. Employers don’t want to pay for the tests, so they deny the exemptions, and force workers to file lawsuits to attempt upholding their religious rights.

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern said 54% of his staff was fully-vaccinated as of November 10. He also said he respects those who refuse the shots. But Bay Area governments are making examples of non-vaccinated cops. The City of San Francisco placed 40 police personnel and 1,400 total city employees on leave on October 13 for being non-vaccinated. The San Jose Police Union brokered a deal with the city, requiring non-vaccinated cops to pay for their own tests. The least expensive tests at one Bay Area facility are $150 each, or about $15,000 per year for twice-weekly testing.

We can’t say for certain that Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Aubrey Phillips was fully-vaccinated. But all the foregoing, and the manner in which she died, narrow the potential cause of death significantly.

KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco shared this video report of the tragedy:


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