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Oct 4, 2015 1:01 PM

Veteran North Hampton police officer dies of apparent heart attack


NORTH HAMPTON - A long-time North Hampton police officer has died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack.

Officer Peter Cormier was off duty at the time, according to the Union Leader.

Police Chief Michael Maddocks told the Union Leader that Cormier, an 18-year veteran of the department, died Saturday.

According to the department's website, Cormier was a firearms instructor and also served on the Seacoast Emergency Response Team. He was a military veteran and served with the New Hampshire Air National Guard.

Cormier's death also touched the Greenland Police Department, where Cormier's brother, James Cormier, is an officer.

"Our heart breaks at the sudden passing of Officer Peter Cormier of the North Hampton Police Department. Pete's brother Jamie works for us. Pete has spent his life serving country and his community through the National Guard and the Police Department. He leaves behind his wife and young twins. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and his brothers and sisters in Blue," the department said in a statement on Facebook.

Cormier had also served early in his career as a part-time officer in Newington.


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