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2 Phoenix Police officers die from medical events in as many days

May 11, 2023, 9:45 AM | Updated: May 12, 2023, 7:57 am

Headshots of Phoenix Police Sgt. Tim Wheeler, left, and Officer Mark Aker...

Phoenix Police Sgt. Tim Wheeler, left, and Officer Mark Aker. (Phoenix Police Department Photos)

(Phoenix Police Department Photos)

PHOENIX — Two Phoenix Police officers have died this week from medical events, the department said Thursday.

Sgt. Tim Wheeler died from an event at home on Tuesday, according to the department.

Officer Mark Aker died Wednesday from a medical event on duty, police said.

No other details about the deaths were made available.

Wheeler had been with Phoenix Police since 2007 and was assigned to the Desert Horizon Precinct.

Aker served with the department since 1994 and was assigned to the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct.

“I’m saddened by the sudden loss of Phoenix Police Officer Mark Aker, who passed away yesterday,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said in a social media post.

“Please join me in keeping his family in your thoughts during this difficult time.”

The Phoenix Police Foundation is raising funds to help the families of Wheeler and Aker with funeral expenses or other needs.

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2 Phoenix Police officers die from medical events in as many days