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MILITARY POLICE OFFICER DIES DURING RUN

A military police officer died after collapsing during a run, Fort Drum officials said Friday.

Sgt. Michael Balnius, 29, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., was pronounced dead at a base medical clinic Thursday after collapsing while running on a trail along the Black River.

Balnius had been assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's headquarters since November. He enlisted in the Army in January 2002. Fort Drum officials were investigating the death.

He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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