The Fremont Police Department is currently mourning one of its own. A spokesperson for the department said a longtime officer died suddenly this week, and without any warning. It is unclear why Detective Donald George passed away so unexpectedly, they said.
George was a 19-year veteran with the department who was about to celebrate his 20th anniversary in February. He began his career in 1987 when he was hired by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. He left the department in 1993 after being hired on by the Fremont PD.
George is reported to have worked at both the Santa Rita Jail and the North County Jail. He had worked on assignment at the coroners’ bureau and had also worked as a bailiff. Friends and colleagues describe him as being dedicated to his job and to serving the community. He was happy to help out in any way needed, they said.
During his time with the Fremont Police Department George worked as an arsons and explosives investigator, patrol officer, driving instructor and detective. He also served as the resident semi-permanent burglary detective for the past seven years.
Family members say the cause of death is still unknown. A memorial service will be held late next week.