Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Aubrey Phillips, a Dublin resident who had been assigned to her city's beat for the past seven months, died after suffering a sudden medical emergency in her patrol car shortly after making an arrest early Saturday morning, Sheriff Gregory Ahern confirmed. She was 36.
Phillips, a married mother of three children whose husband is also a sheriff's deputy assigned to Dublin Police Services, had worked for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office for the past five years.
"This tragic event has touched each member of this agency," Ahern said in a statement Monday afternoon.
"Aubrey's short life will live on even after her passing," the sheriff added, noting that Phillips was a registered donor whose organs will be used to help others in medical need. "Aubrey will continue to serve her community by giving the gift of life to others in need. She was truly a remarkable person and served this agency and Alameda County with dignity and honor."
"We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Deputy Phillips," Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to Dublin Police Services, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, and to her family, especially to her husband and her three children. They are part of the Dublin community and, as fellow community members, we need to come together and support them through this unimaginable tragedy."
The flags on city poles are flying at half-staff until sunset on the day Phillips is laid to rest, according to Dublin City Manager Linda Smith.
Phillips was working her normal overnight patrol shift in Dublin, which contracts with ACSO for police services, when she conducted a traffic enforcement stop just after 1:45 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 12) on the driver of a vehicle she would later arrest, according to the sheriff's office.
In the process of that arrest, Phillips experienced an undisclosed "severe and acute medical emergency" while seated in her patrol vehicle, according to ACSO. Another deputy noticed Phillips in distress, began attempting life-saving measures and called for emergency medical response.
She was rushed to Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare in Pleasanton in critical condition, and then transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for life-saving intervention. "Tragically, medical professionals were unable to save her life and she passed away," officials said.
Phillips is survived by her husband and three young children. She was also the daughter of a longtime Alameda County sheriff's deputy who retired from the department.
"Our agency is heartbroken over the sudden death of Deputy Phillips. We are providing counseling and peer support to our members impacted by her loss," ACSO officials said.
Memorial services are pending, with details expected to be released when available.