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Sgt. Joseph Deccio

Yakima Police Department, Yakima, WA

End of Watch August 4, 2021

Sgt. Joseph Deccio, 38, a 15-year-veteran of the Yakima Police Department, died in the line of duty Tuesday after suffering a “significant medical episode” while working earlier that afternoon.

Deccio “suffered a significant medical episode while at work earlier this afternoon,” a police announcement said. He was rushed to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for emergency medical treatment and was pronounced dead after medical efforts were unsuccessful.

A “valued member of this community of Yakima and the Yakima Police Department,” Deccio served with honor in many positions during his time with the department. They included patrol, field training officer, SWAT-Sniper Team leader, field training coordinator, school resource officer sergeant and detective sergeant.”In addition to Sergeant Deccio’s service to our community, he honorably served as a member of the armed forces,” YPD said. Deccio was a corporal in the U.S. Army National Guard and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom-II as a 19- Delta Calvary Scout with the 81st Brigade HHC 1-161 Det-1 Scout Platoon.

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