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BPD detective dies from valley fever, union says

August 27, 2019


THE BAKERSFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS LOST ONE OF ITS OWN. KGET FIRST INTRODUCED INTRODUCED YOU TO TO BPD OFFICER KEVIN HOCK SEEN HERE IN 2005 WITH HIS K-9 PARTNER. TONIGHT, UNIONS REPRESENTING LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENIES, INCLUDING BPD, CONFIRM HOCK PASSED AWAY SUNDAY FROM VALLEY FEVER. ON SOCIAL MEDIA, DOZENS OF PEOPLE POSTED CONDOLENCES UPON LEARNING ABOUT HOCK’S PASSING. THIS NEWS COMES AS VALLEY FEVER HAS BEEN FRONT AND CENTER AS OF LATE. LAST WEEK, GARCES MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL QUARTBERBACK JOSEPH CAMPBELL SAT OUT THE OPENING GAME AFTER HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE DISEASE EARLIER THIS MONTH. IN A STATEMENT, THE SCHOOL CONFIRMED THE DIAGNOSES AND SAID CAMBPELL HOPES TO MAKE A RETURN TO THE FIELD THIS SEASON AFTER HE IS CLEARED BY DOCTORS.” “SO WHAT EXACTLY IS VALLEY FEVER? WELL, FOR STARTERS, THE DISEASE IS CAUSED BY BREATHING IN WHAT ARE CALLED SPORES. AND THOSE SPORES LIVE RIGHT HERE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY.” THAT’S WHY KERN COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN AND PUT UP BILLBOARDS TO STAY INDOORS ON WINDY DAYS. ACCORDING TO KERN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, THERE WERE 2,937 VALLEY FEVER CASES IN 2018. THAT’S A 7 PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF CASES SINCE 1992. MICHELLE CORSON: “UNFORTANTELY FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS, THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF CASES SINCE 1992. MICHELLE CORSON: “UNFORTANTELY FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS, WE HAVE BEEN INCREASING OUR CASES LOCALLY FOR VALLEY FEVER.” MICHELLE CORSON IS THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FOT KERN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES. “THESE ARN’T JUST NUMBERS. THESE ARE FAMILIES IMPACTED BY A DISEASE THAT CAN BE DEVASTATING.” OF THOSE WHO GET VALLEY FEVER, 60 PERCENT WILL NEVER HAVE SYMPTOMS, BUT 40 PERCENT WILL, USUALLY SIMIALR TO THAT OF THE FLU. IN RARE INSTANCES, VALLEY FEVER CAN RESULT IN DEATH, AND NOW CORSON WANTS TO MAKE SURE YOU DO ALL YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF. WITH ITS OWN WEBSITE. THAT IS KERNCOUNTYVA LLEYFEVER.COM . THE THIN LINE FOUNDATION, A NON PROFIT WHOSE GOAL IT IS TO BRING AWARENESS OF PTSD AMONG FIRST RESPONDERS, SAID IN A STATEMENT ITS MEMEBRS WERE SADDENED TO LEARN ABOUT DETECTIVE HOCK’S PASSING. THIN LINE IS HOLDING A VIGIL HERE FROM 8 TO 9 THIS EVENING. EYTAN WALLACE, 17 NEWS. JIM

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