Sgt. George Ross is recovering from emergency surgery following a heart attack while behind the wheel of his patrol car.
St. Louis County Police say Sgt. Ross suffered a heart attack shortly after leaving the burial service for fallen St. Louis Police Officer David Haynes.
Sgt. Ross was traveling from Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery towards Maplewood, when he suffered a heart attack. Sgt. Ross' vehicle veered to the right and drove off the interstate, up an embankment, through a chain link fence, and rolling to a stop in a parking lot off of Union.
The patrol car hit a parked SUV, but the damaged appeared minimal. St. Louis County Police were reconstructing the accident scene and said it appear Sgt. Ross' vehicle was traveling at a low rate of speed by the time it hit the parked car.
No one else was hurt.
Sgt. Ross began his career with Maplewood Police more than three decades ago. Chief Steve Kruse said Sgt. Ross is a good officer and a very good sergeant. Chief Kruse also asked for prayers for Sgt. Ross' recovery.
Sgt. Ross is in intensive care at St. Anthony's Medical Center. Chief Kruse says his family is by his side. Officers in Sgt. Ross' squad also went to the hospital to offer support, Tuesday afternoon.
Sgt. Ross was one of three Maplewood officers representing the Maplewood Police Department at the funeral of Officer David Haynes.