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Captain Tommy F. Bernal | Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

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Tommy F. Bernal

Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, June 28, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 29 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Motorcycle accident

Incident Date: 6/28/2001

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Captain Tommy Bernal was killed when his motorcycle was struck head-on by a vehicle while he was conducting a training exercise with several agencies near Front Royal, Virginia.

He was riding on Route 649, a winding and hilly country road, with members of Fairfax County and Arlington County motor squads. The unit in front of him lost control on a curve and swerved into an oncoming lane. A vehicle in that lane swerved into Captain Bernal's lane to avoid colliding with the unit and collided with Captain Bernal as he crested a hill.

Captain Bernal had served with the Fairfax County Police Department for 29 years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 11th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you. I thank your friends for shring their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 9, 2012

 

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