Police Officer Dies After 2 Decades Serving Anne Arundel County


The Anne Arundel County Police Department said Sgt. Eric R. Trumbauer, pictured above, died Wednesday after suffering a medical emergency while off-duty. (Courtesy of the Anne Arundel County Police Department)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD - A former officer of the year died Wednesday after suffering a medical emergency while off-duty, Anne Arundel County police said.

Sgt. Eric R. Trumbauer joined the Anne Arundel County Police Department in October 2002.

"We ask that you please keep the Trumbauer family in your hearts, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," county police said in a Facebook tribute.

Trumbauer spent a decade as a patrol officer in the Northern and Southern Districts. 

During that time, he was named the Northern District Community Relations Committee Officer of the Year, a Baltimore Sun Officer of the Year nominee and the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Year. 

Trumbauer later spent five years as a fatal crash investigator before returning to patrol.

"He spent his career involved in impaired driving enforcement and was recognized by the state of Maryland 14 times as one of the top DUI enforcers in the state," the police department said on Facebook. "Additionally, he was recognized three times as one of the top Drug Recognition Experts in the state. Sergeant Trumbauer was also awarded a Silver Star and two Departmental Commendation Awards."

Trumbauer is survived by his wife, Kelly, and their daughter, Brooke.

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