Nassau County’s acting police commissioner is recovering at home Friday after being treated for heart problems, the Police Department said.
Acting Commissioner Thomas Krumpter was released from St. Francis Hospital in Flower Hill on Friday afternoon after undergoing a stent procedure to open up his arteries on Thursday at St. Francis Hospital, Deputy Commissioner Patrick Ryder said in a statement.
He went to the hospital on the advice of his doctor after feeling some discomfort Thursday, Ryder said.
Officer James McDermott, president of the Nassau Police Benevolent Association, the county’s largest police union, said he heard from police officials that Krumpter has had as many as five stents put in his heart as of Friday.
“[T]he commissioner has been released and he is home resting comfortably,” Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, the department’s top spokesman, said in an email.
Krumpter, 50, has served as Nassau’s top cop since 2014, when County Executive Edward Mangano appointed him to the post. This year is his 25th as a Nassau police officer.
Krumpter had not been feeling well throughout this week, McDermott said — he skipped a memorial for a police officer upstate on Wednesday. He also did not participate in Wednesday’s Unity Tour, a bike ride to Washington, D.C., after riding last year, McDermott said.
McDermott said he did not know of any existing health problems Krumpter had.
Krumpter told Newsday last year that he had lost 70 pounds by exercising and cutting down on junk food.
Krumpter has led the Nassau Police Department into a period of historically low crime rates — major crimes fell 8.7 percent countywide in 2016 compared to the prior year.
He has also bolstered community policing programs while maintaining precinct mergers, including the controversial consolidation of the 3rd and 6th Precincts on the North Shore.
After more than three years in the Police Department’s top job, Krumpter has yet to be officially confirmed as the permanent police commissioner by the Nassau County Legislature.