Euless police officer Richard Wong died Monday evening after having a heart attack, an official said.
Wong, 52, had the heart attack while playing racquetball with his father at the Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive, said Euless Police Capt. Gary Landers.
"It was kind of surreal last night," Landers said Tuesday. "I'm meeting with the family this morning."
Landers would not say more until he talked with Wong's family.
Wong was taken from the recreation center to a hospital, but could not be revived, authorities said.
The city was not aware of any history of health issues, said spokeswoman Betsy Deck.
Wong was a 17-year veteran of the Euless Police Department. He had been a school resource officer at Trinity High School, 500 N. Industrial Blvd., Euless, since 1998, principal Mike Harris said.
Students held an impromptu candlelight vigil at the school Monday evening. Another vigil is scheduled for 7:30 tonight on the front steps of Trinity High.
"He interacted with the kids all day every day," Harris said. "As a resource officer, his primary job is to build relationships with the students so they feel comfortable talking with him, so they will report information or just feel safe here. He was outstanding at that."
Harris said that Wong was loved by Trinity students, so the candlelight vigil Monday wasn't a surprise to him, though he wasn't aware of it until he got to school Tuesday morning.
"There were some candles on my front step this morning," he said. "The vigil must have been set up by the students themselves on Facebook. Who all was there and when they did it, I don't know."
Harris said that counselors at other district campuses are standing by in case they are needed. Tuesday is the last day before the Thanksgiving break, and Wong's death was to be part of the morning announcements.
"Counselors from other campuses are always available when one of our campuses needs them," Harris said. "At this moment, they're on stand-by. Until all the kids get here, we don't know how much counseling support they'll need or want, but we certainly want to be ready."
By 9 a.m. Tuesday, there were almost 1,000 likes on the R.I.P. Officer Wong page on Facebook.
The Trinity High School football team will honor Wong during the noon Saturday playoff game against Arlington Martin. When they enter Pennington Field, the Trojans will wear stickers on their helmets that look like a police badge and inscriptions of Wong’s name and “In remembrance.”
A biography from the city of Euless states that Wong was a Pinkerton security officer in Fort Worth and also worked security at North East Mall in Hurst before becoming a police officer. He became a senior police officer in 1997.
Wong graduated from Meridian High School in Sanford, Mich., and earned 60 hours in law enforcement from Delta College in University Center, Mich.
Survivors include Wong's wife, Mary, 50, and daughters Rachael, 16, and Allison, 13.
A funeral service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday in the Trinity High School auditorium. Euless police officers and Wong's relatives will be among the pallbearers, according to Lucas Funeral Home.
The funeral home said the coffin will be draped with a flag during the service, and there will be a folding-of-the-flag ceremony. Euless Police Chief Michael Brown will present the flag to Wong's widow.