Two police recruits fall ill during academy training in Shreveport

By Katrina Webber - email | bio

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Paramedics showed up at the Shreveport Fire and Police Training Academy Thursday morning.  But this was no training drill.

Two police recruits actually needed medical attention after falling ill during their physical training class.

A training instructor told KSLA News 12 at the scene that the two women were "just tired," and that their illnesses were not heat-related.

The initial call to 911, however, was for a recruit who had passed out.  When paramedics arrived, they found a second recruit also needing attention.

They checked the vital signs of both, and briefly took one woman into a waiting ambulance.  However, neither was transported.

The two recruits are part of the academy's largest class ever.  Fifty hopefuls are undergoing the four month long program which could lead to jobs as police officers in Shreveport and throughout the region.