CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has been fined $7,000 by state labor officials following the death of a police recruit who collapsed during physical fitness training.
Jeremy Moseley collapsed July 5 during training to become a police officer and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. WBTV in Charlotte reported that the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office said Moseley died of hyperthermia, and that Moseley's body temperature was 105.9 degrees when he collapsed.
According to a citation from the state Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Division, the police training academy didn't implement a heat stress awareness and prevention program for recruits in training. The citation also noted recruits were required to complete training in high heat and humidity without water while wearing bullet-proof vests.
A police department statement said it's cooperating with the labor department, but is also contesting portions of the assessment and is submitting additional records about Moseley's medical condition.
The police statement said a medical examiner determined that Moseley's pre-existing medical condition played a critical role in his death. According to the medical examiner, Moseley collapsed while engaged in physical activity and that his medical history was significant for asthma. The medical examiner also said Moseley had been taking herbal dietary medications.
The police statement said it has reviewed and identified several changes to implement in recruit training, among them providing the training staff with a guide to be reviewed by staff for a thorough understanding of employer responsibilities under hot and humid conditions. Police also said academy staff will be re-trained on the recognition of signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses.