Officer Rank: Reserve Officer
Department: Mount Gilead (NC) Police Department
End of Watch: 08/15/2021
Cause: Other: Physical-related incident
Length of Service: 20 years
Reserve Officer Cloninger suffered a fatal heart attack as he assisted with a residential structure fire where someone was trapped within the home. He also maintained crowd control as a family member of the trapped individual attempted to go inside the burning home. Officer Cloninger suddenly collapsed and CPR was rendered. Officer Cloninger was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The individual within the home of the structure fire was found deceased.