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July 2, 2016 - als

Craig Gromek, his wife, Ruth Gromek, and their 3 children were photographed during a niece's marriage in May 2014. Ruth Gromek pronounced she and her father danced a polka that night -- a final dance they had since Craig Gromek afterwards had difficulty walking. Gromek was a St. Paul military sergeant, though had to retire in 2013 after he was diagnosed with ALS. He died Jul 1, 2016. (Courtesy photo)
Craig Gromek, his wife, Ruth Gromek, and their 3 children were photographed during a niece’s marriage in May 2014. Ruth Gromek pronounced she and her father danced a polka that night — a final dance they had since Craig Gromek afterwards had difficulty walking. Gromek was a St. Paul military sergeant, though had to retire in 2013 after he was diagnosed with ALS. He died Jul 1, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

A veteran St. Paul military officer who had to retire after he was diagnosed with ALS died Friday after a prolonged conflict with a disease.

Craig Gromek in his military uniform in 2007. (Courtesy photo)
Craig Gromek in his military uniform in 2007. (Courtesy photo)

Craig Gromek, 54, was a sergeant in a narcotics section and a SWAT group personality when he left a dialect in 2013. He became a St. Paul military officer in 1989 after portion for 5 years as a Fridley military officer.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, who was in a same military academy category as Gromek, told a dialect Friday, observant he had “a complicated heart.” He described Gromek as “a hardworking, constant and dedicated member of this department.”

In 2015, when a public-safety village hold a fundraiser for Gromek, his mother pronounced they knew something was wrong when Gromek unexpected started carrying difficulty vocalization and swallowing. “This was a male who was really active, led a really healthy lifestyle, really bright, really quick, and all of a remarkable he was carrying difficulty with simple bland functions,” Ruth Gromek pronounced final year.

Gromek is survived by Ruth (they were sweethearts at St. Anthony Village High School) and their children, Joe, Rachel and Kim. Funeral arrangements are pending.

source ⦿ http://www.twincities.com/2016/07/01/st-paul-police-sergeant-who-had-to-retire-after-als-diagnosis-dies/

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