- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 13, 2005


The Metropolitan Police Department officer who collapsed during a bicycle-training exercise was remembered yesterday at a funeral service at All Souls Unitarian Church on 16th Street in Northwest.

Officer James McBride, 25, was in his second year with the department when he died Wednesday at Washington Hospital Center. He became suddenly ill Tuesday after drinking too much water during and after a 12-mile training ride, which triggered a chemical imbalance, police said. Officer McBride was on the second day of a five-day bicycle training course at a department facility in Southwest.

Doctors say consuming too much water can create an abnormally low salt concentration in the blood, causing the brain to swell.

Officer McBride was named the department’s Rookie of the Year in 2004, said police Chief Charles H. Ramsey.

Mayor Anthony A. Williams last week recalled Officer McBride’s cheerful demeanor while answering phones at the city’s Emergency Operations Center.

“I admire Jim’s dedication to our city and I am saddened by this loss,” Mr. Williams said.

Officer McBride’s death was classified as occurring in the line of duty.

Law-enforcement officers from across the region paid their respects yesterday to Officer McBride’s family. His remains will be cremated.

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