A public memorial service was held Friday for 37-year-old York City police Officer Alex Sable.
Members of the police department laid white carnations in honor of their fallen brother. Sable died last week after suffering cardiac arrest while participating in a SWAT training exercise in Maryland.
Sable, a husband and father of three, was a decorated Marine. Those who knew him say he showed character in the most difficult of times.
“When Alex was in the Marines, he spent two tours of duty in Iraq, and when his tour ended earlier than his friends, he chose to stay an extra year to be with them,”.Pastor Larry Rieck told mourners at the York Expo Center.
York police Chief Troy Bankert recalled an unplanned push-up contest he had with Sable a few years ago. Bankert said he did 60, but finished a distant second.
“He keeps going,” he said. “I stopped him at 90 for my own mercy.”
Bankert says Sable had an opportunity to gloat.
“He said enthusiastically, you did really good, lieutenant. Now I like this guy.”
Sable spent four years with York police; not a long time, but his fellow officers say it was long enough for him to make an impact on those who served beside him.
York City, the police department, and the Fraternal Order of Police are raising money online to help the family pay for living expenses and education.
Another fundraiser is selling apparel in Sable’s memory. The clothing features the York City Police logo with a black band through it, Sable’s name, and the date he passed away.