A Georgia State Patrol cadet who dreamed of becoming a state trooper died last week while training for the job, according to a report.
Cadet Patrick Dupree collapsed after conducting a drill with other cadets at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center on Thursday, Fox5 Atlanta reported, citing the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Dupree, a married father of three, reportedly suffered a medical emergency and was rushed to an area hospital but could not be saved,
His wife, Shanna Dupree, told Fox5 that her husband spent his last breath doing what he loved and if he was still alive he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Last month he said to me, ‘If I go out, I want to go out doing what I love,'” she said. “He was at this soldier training, doing what he loved , achieving his goals. I’m proud of him.”
Dupree hoped to complete soldier training and eventually work in the aviation unit, according to his family.
He began his career in law enforcement at the Cave Spring Police Department, then joined the Euharlee Police Department for six years, according to Fox5.
Prior to working as an officer, Dupree played semi-pro football after standing out on his high school team. He continued to play the game after assuming the responsibilities of the badge.
“He said the app reminded me of a football team, that’s what he said,” Shanna Dupree said. “He felt like when we’re a team, we have to go out there and help and save the community.”
The father loved his family deeply and was always there for his daughter and two sons, she added.
“He was an honorable, admirable, inspiring, motivating, very caring man. He made you feel safe,” Shanna Dupree said.
Their daughter said she knows her father would want them all to stay strong and use their faith as a guide through dark times.
“It’s not a loss, it’s a win because God got it right now,” Taliah Hayes told Fox5.