Brentwood: Marine Recruit Collapses During Exercise Routine, Later Dies at Hospital

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BRENTWOOD, CA – It is with great sadness the Brentwood Police Department reports the untimely death of 17-year-old, Marine Recruit Floyd Burrell.

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at around 5:48 p.m., Brentwood officers responded to Veteran’s Park located at 3841 Balfour Road on the report of an unresponsive male with CPR in progress. When officers arrived, they discovered Burrell was in fact unresponsive and a nearby city employee had initiated CPR prior to their arrival.

Medical personnel arrived within minutes and immediately took over life-saving measures. Burrell was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Preliminary information revealed Burrell was associated with the Marine Corps Recruiting Office located at 3181 Balfour Road. He was engaged in an exercise routine with other recruits before suffering an apparent unexpected medical complication prior to collapsing.

The Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office is scheduled to perform an autopsy to determine Burrell’s cause of death. Burrell was a Pittsburg resident and senior at Pittsburg High School.

Police said their deepest condolences go out to the family, friends, classmates, and military staff affected by Burrell’s untimely death.

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  1. To his mother Reatha and his sister Dystany and all others, my sincere condolences to you. A young man loving life, living life, and reaching for the star’s. Now he is a shining star. Rest in God’s Kingdom Floyd. You are loved and will be dearly missed.

  2. Sweetest kid! I’ve known him since he was 6 years old…and that kind sweet nature never changed as he grew into a young man. He will be forever loved and missed.

  3. I am so sorry to read this. My son, LCpl David Finlayson, also died on a training run while serving with the Marines in Hawaii. He had been in perfect health. He had never had an ECG that might have revealed some sort of electrical problem with his heart. We have started a foundation, the Lion Heart Heroes Foundation, to bring cardiac screening to the military, to donate AEDs to military bases, and to raise awareness of heart issues–to prevent deaths such as this. My heartfelt condolences to the Burrell family and to all who loved Floyd.

  4. I am so sorry to read this. My son, LCpl David Finlayson, also died on a training run while serving with the Marines in Hawaii. He had been in perfect health. He had never had an ECG that might have revealed some sort of electrical problem with his heart. We have started a foundation, the @LionHeartHeroesFoundation, to bring cardiac screening to the military, to donate AEDs to military bases, and to raise awareness of heart issues–to prevent deaths such as this. My heartfelt condolences to the Burrell family and to all who loved Floyd.

  5. I’ll never forget what a sweet child Floyd was. All my kids loved him, and we loved being around him at all those basketball games! The Burrell family is in our thoughts and hearts .

  6. RIP Floyd. Thank you for preparing to serve our country and keep us safe. Prayers for you and your loved ones.

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