The St. Paul Police Department is mourning the sudden loss of one of their own after Officer Josh Lynaugh died early Saturday from an unspecified medical condition.
Officials confirm Lynaugh died at Regions Hospital from medical complications that surfaced when he was on patrol on Friday.
No information about the medical condition or the nature of the call was released, but officials said the condition did not emerge as a result of the call.
"In little more than five years of service with the Saint Paul Police Department, Officer Lynaugh showed what an impact a dedicated officer can have in the community he or she serves," said Saint Paul Police Chief Tom Smith. "In that short time, Officer Lynaugh amassed 16 commendations and letters of recognition, including two Life Saving Awards. He personified our officers' commitment to the communities we served.
"Our hearts and prayers are with him, his family and with his brothers and sisters in law enforcement," Smith said. "We will all work to carry on his legacy as we continue to serve the community."
Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman called the loss "tragic."
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Officer Josh Lynaugh." Mayor Coleman said. "As a second generation Saint Paul police officer, he was part of a proud tradition of generations serving the department. Every day, our police officers put themselves in harm's way to protect and serve their communities, and the people of Saint Paul are forever grateful for Officer Lynaugh's service. Our city lost a devoted public servant today."
No funeral information has yet been set.