Maryland health department officer dies on duty

A police officer with the state health department died while overseeing a patient who was transported to MedStar Harbor Hospital on Wednesday.

Officer Milton Roach, a Maryland Department of Health officer, died Wednesday morning of a suspected heart attack, according to Brittany Fowler, a spokeswoman for the health department. He was 51.

Fowler confirmed his death in an email Thursday.

Roach was an 18-year employee of the Maryland Department of Health, Fowler said.

The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is not investigating Roach’s death, spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said.

“It was declined by this office,” Goldfarb said. “It was entirely due to natural causes.”

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