High Springs Chief of Police Dies
The community of High Springs is mourning the loss of their Police Chief tonight. 57 year old Ray Kaminskas died of a heart attack last night. He spent 30-plus years as a law enforcement officer. City Manager Jim Drumm says he will be greatly missed in the tight knit community of High Springs.
"He's done a wonderful job for our community and our people," says High Springs City Manager Jim Drumm.
Drumm says Chief Kaminskas was struggling with his health and recently spent five days at a local hospital. Doctors instructed him to only spend one hour per day at work. Police say Chief Kaminskas was dining with his family at Denino's Restaurant in Alachua, when the heart attack occurred. A doctor who was eating at a nearby table jumped in to help, but says it was too late. That's when Police say First Responders arrived and Chief Kaminskas was rushed to North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 8:55pm. The City Manager remembers Kaminskas as a family man who loved to spend his time away from work traveling.
He says Kaminskas took the High Springs Police Department to a whole new level and turned it into a first class operation. Kaminskus was also the President of the local Police Chiefs Association. Kaminskas leaves behind his wife and two adult daughters. The family is in the process of making funeral arrangements.
By Thalia Hayden, WCJB TV20 News.
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