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Sheriff's worker critical after medical event on beach
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- An employee with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is in critical condition after suffering a medical event and driving partially into the ocean.

Commander Chuck Mulligan said the incident happened early Saturday evening on a beach in the southern portion of the county.

Mulligan said the employee, who was on-duty doing beach patrol as a part-time public service assistant, was unable to maintain control of their vehicle because of the medical episode and drove slightly into the ocean.

Mulligan said witnesses rushed to free the individual from the vehicle before the St. Johns County Fire and Rescue Department arrived and took them to the hospital.

The PSA's condition is believed to be critical, Mulligan said, but the exact nature of what happened is not being released because of federal privacy law.

Mulligan said the individual has been with the sheriff's office for a while, but could not say specifically how long. Their name was being withheld pending family notification.

A public service assistant is not a sworn law enforcement officer, but assists sheriff's deputies in a part-time role.


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