FREMONT -- Fremont police officers are in mourning after a longtime officer with their department died unexpectedly this week.
Fremont police Det. Donald George, whose 20-year anniversary with the department would have been in February, died Monday. He was 48. The cause of death was not released.
George began his career with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office in 1987 and then joined the Fremont Police Department in 1993, Fremont police said.
While working for Alameda County, he worked at North County and Santa Rita jails, worked as a bailiff, and was assigned to the coroner's bureau, where he helped with recovery efforts at the Cypress Freeway structure in the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
During his 19 years with Fremont police, he had numerous positions including patrol officer, detective, arson and explosives investigator, driving instructor and had been the department's semi-permanent burglary detective since 2005.
George also worked closely with the Fremont Fire Department's Arson Investigation Team.
George is survived by a 17-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter.
Funeral arrangements are being scheduled for late next week.
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