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Police Officer Larry Dale Candelari | Pasadena Police Department, Texas Pasadena Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Larry Dale Candelari

Pasadena Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, April 26, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 23 years

Badge # 0888

Military veteran

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 4/26/2013

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Police Officer Larry Candelari was struck and killed by a vehicle as he and another officer attempted to help victims of a previous accident on I-10, near the Kerr County / Gillespie County line, at approximately 10:00 pm.

Officer Candelari and the other officer were returning to Pasadena from a hunting trip when they encountered the accident on a highway bridge. One of the involved vehicles had been pulling a trailer that was blocking one of the travel lanes. Both officers exited their vehicles and displayed their badges on their shirts as they tended the victims of the accident.

A tractor trailer entered the accident scene and struck the vehicles that had been involved in the crash as well as several other vehicles. Officer Candelari and the other officer were both caught in the wreckage as they stood outside one of the cars. Officer Candelari was fatally injured while the other officer suffered an injury that caused him to lose one leg.

Officer Candelari was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Pasadena Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and one granddaughter. One of his sons is also a police officer.

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This is a case of never truly being off duty. You stopped to help those in need even though you were not officially working and paid the ultimate sacrifice for it. You are now in the big precinct in the sky looking down and protecting your fellow officers of your department. Rest easy brother, we have the watch from here.

Patrol Officer
Hopewell Police Department
December 26, 2013

 

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