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Somerset Police Officer Collapses, Dies While Off-Duty With Family

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Somerset Police Officer B.J. Voss, second from left, died on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, after he collapsed while off-duty with his family in Warwick, R.I. (Credit: Somerset Spectator)

Somerset Police Officer B.J. Voss, second from left, died on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, after he collapsed while off-duty with his family in Warwick, R.I. (Credit: Somerset Spectator)

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SOMERSET (CBS) — Local police Officer B.J. Voss died suddenly Saturday while off-duty in Warwick, R.I., the Police Department reported in a prepared statement.

Voss, 35, was with his family at the time of the incident and had finished a 15-hour shift a few hours before he collapsed at about 6 p.m. He was taken to Kent Hospital in Warwick, where he was pronounced dead, the police said.

The Somerset resident had been a full-time police officer in the town for the past two and a half years.

Police Chief Joseph Ferreira, who had known Voss for more than a decade, described the officer as “an extraordinary family man and a truly dedicated hard worker who loved his family, his friends, his job and the town of Somerset. His life’s ambition was to be a police officer and we were extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him and get to know him as a great person.”

Voss leaves his wife and two sons, age 8 and 13.

Arrangements will be announced at a future date, the police said.

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