- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

CRAWFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a veteran police officer has died after suffering a medical emergency while checking out a report of illegal marijuana growing in a rural upstate New York town.

State police tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown (http://bit.ly/1F6f0o5 ) that Crawford police Sgt. Eric Meier and another officer were investigating a tip Thursday afternoon that someone was growing pot in a section of fields and woods along the town border with Wallkill in Orange County.

Troopers say during the search the 51-year-old Meier suffered a medical emergency. His partner called 911 for help, and emergency responders took Meier to Orange Regional Medical Center in Wallkill, where he was pronounced dead.

Crawford Police Chief Dominic Blasko says Meier was a well-liked in the community and had been with the department for more than 25 years.

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Information from: The Times Herald-Record, http://www.th-record.com

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