Kinney County deputy passes away after suffering heart attack at vehicle fire scene

KINNEY COUNTY — A community is mourning as one of their sheriff deputies suffered a fatal heart attack Friday at the scene of a vehicle fire near Bracketville on Highway 90.

Deputy Sheriff Jose Blancarte was directing traffic after assisting at the vehicle fire, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

He called EMS to the scene and became unresponsive while being transported to a nearby hospital.

EMS began performing CPR on Deputy Blancarte, but he passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Deputy Blancarte was a 20-year veteran with the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office.

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