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South Coast Police Department Loses Officer

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A Santa Barbara Police officer has died following an illness.

Decade plus department veteran has died from what's being described as "complications from on-duty illness."

A South Coast police department is in mourning over the death of an officer.

Santa Barbara Police officials say Gina Battaglia died of what they called complications from an on-duty illness.

The department didn’t release details on the cause of death.

Battaglia had been with the department for 14 years, serving in capacities from a patrol officer to crime scene investigator.