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Troy Police Mourn Death of Communications Supervisor Who Died of Heart Attack at Work

Troy Police Mourn Death of Communications Supervisor Who Died of Heart Attack at Work

(Troy Police, Sept. 26, 2020)

Troy, MI – The Troy Police Department is mourning the loss of Communications Supervisor Curtis Reynolds, Jr. Curtis died as a result of a heart attack that happened on duty on September 19, 2020, his 50th birthday.

Curtis was working in the Troy Police Department Communications Section, waiting to take over for midnight shift, when he became unresponsive at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

CPR was performed by multiple police employees. Alliance Mobile Health, already in the building for another duty, responded quickly and transported Curtis to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.

Curtis was treated at the hospital for the last several days. As a result of the heart attack, however, Curtis sustained diminished brain activity and passed away today.

Curtis was a key employee in the Department’s dispatch center, the part of the agency often charged with taking phone calls from frantic citizens and sending officers to dangerous calls.

During his 29 year career, Curtis received 16 commendations for outstanding service. He started with the Department in 1991 as a Police Service Aide and was promoted in 1998 to Communications Supervisor.

Curtis has trained many new employees over the years. In 2015, Curtis was recognized for his ability to teach, train and motivate new employees. From 2013 to 2015 alone, Curtis trained 13 new Police Service Aides.

Curtis embodied the calm, competent presence that skilled dispatchers provide to citizens and officers as well. In May 2009, Curtis received a Departmental Commendation for such a response to a domestic violence incident involving an armed and suicidal subject.

On February 20, 2018, Curtis was supervising the Communications Section when a barricaded gunman incident occurred at house on Brooklawn. Curtis managed communications during this long incident that resulted in peaceful resolution. He was lauded for his “decisive and calm demeanor.”

Curtis was also involved in several community outreach initiatives over the years. He was a longstanding presenter at the Citizens Police Academy and Department Open House, due to his friendly demeanor and ability to educate others in an entertaining way.

Curtis is survived by three children and his parents. His father, Curtis Reynolds Sr., retired as a lieutenant from the Troy Police Department.

Curtis will be greatly missed by many. His positive impact on the Troy community, his coworkers, friends and family will be long lasting.

There is a memorial fund set up by the Troy Communication Supervisors Association. Donations will assist Curtis’ 3 kids with funeral costs and any other costs associated with his unexpected passing —

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