A 23 year old Arizona Army National Guard soldier and Phoenix Police officer died on Wednesday after collapsing during a physical training event.
2nd Lt. Robert Dwayne Bryant Jr. was participating in the running portion of the fitness test, which he was taking for the Basic Officer Leader Course, when he "fell down," according to an Arizona National Guard press release.
Bryant was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries the next day.
Bryant was a member of the 850th Military Police Battalion and a police officer with the Phoenix Police Department.
Brig. Gen. Joseph Baldwin, the land component commander of the Arizona Army National Guard, said it's "always painful to lose one of our own. We are not just soldiers, but members of the community, so when we hurt the whole community hurts.”
Thank you for your service to this country and the citizens of Phoenix. You are a true hero.