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Police recruit allegedly denied water, passes out during training

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Officials are checking into an allegation that an Atlanta Police cadet who passed out during training was denied water.

The recruit collapsed during a training session in 96 degree heat on a July afternoon.

Sources tell FOX 5 that the recruit requested water but was told he had to continue the drill. A short time later, he fainted.

"I don't know if that happened. I have brought that to the academy director's attention and that's something that he will be looking into to see if that happened," said Sgt. Curtis Davenport of the Atlanta Police Department.

Davenport said that on June 29, the department activated a heat plan. That plan includes exercises earlier in the day.

"Hydrate properly. Hydrate often. When you feel a little bit overcome, try to take a break," said Davenport.

Michael Bond, Atlanta City Hall's chairman of the panel for public safety, said he is concerned about that alleged incident and a recent Atlanta Fire Department training session that left three recruits hospitalized.

"Being in that controlled environment, if you have someone who says, ‘hey I'm in distress,' it needs to be addressed immediately," said Bond.

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner told FOX 5 that he was not aware of the incident.

Bond said he would ask Turner and Atlanta's fire chief to report on the training to his committee.

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