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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Family and friends grieving over the sudden loss of a father, husband and officer.
Officer Adam Liddle, a three year veteran of the Waterloo Police Department, died Thursday when he collapsed during an off-duty work out. The cause of his death is unclear at this time. He leaves behind a wife and 10-year-old son.
Speaking with those who knew him well, bother here in Waterloo and in Hudson where he lived, they are all saying the same thing. Adam Liddle had a passion for his job.
Black sashes covering the shields of Waterloo Police Officers mourning the loss of one of their own. "He loved being a Waterloo Cop," said Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka.
It was that passion that got Officer Liddle hired in the first place. "I've hired a lot of cops. I never hired a cop that wanted to be a Waterloo Cop as bad as Adam Liddle and that impressed me. His tenacity impressed me and then when we did hire him, his tenacity showed on the job," said Chief Trelka.
That drive, making him a cop who didn't give up easily. "If you were wanted, you didn't want Adam Liddle chasing you because he would find you and take you into custody," said Chief Trelka.
Not only did Officer Liddle protect the Waterloo Community, but he also spent time volunteering at the Hudson Fire Department.
"He just wanted to get more involved and I think that drove his passion to be a cop more; just being involved in fire fighting and ems and serving his community," said Volunteer for the Hudson Fire & Rescue, Travis Witt.
His sudden death at the age of 35 has shocked those who knew him well. "Its heart breaking, but he will be missed," said Witt. What will they miss most? "He had a unique smile," said Chief Trelka.
That is Chief Trelka's last memory of Liddle.
"I find comfort in the fact that I had just seen him this week. Matter of fact, I was just giving him a hard time about how intense he was and that quirky smile of his," said Chief Trelka.
Although he died off- duty, Chief Trelka tells me the stress of Liddle's last call Wednesday night may have contributed to his death. They are determining if it can be considered a line of duty death.
Liddle also worked for the Black Hawk County Sheriff's office before joining the Waterloo Police Department.
Saturday, January 20 2018 9:37 AM EST2018-01-20 14:37:09 GMT
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