Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Tommy F. Bernal

Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, June 28, 2001

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Reflections for Captain Tommy F. Bernal

GOD Bless You Captain. We Remember.

MDS. Rich Reeves (Retired) Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office

June 28, 2021

Rest in peace Captain Bernal.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 30, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 28, 2020

You came to mind today, RIP my friend

Detective Greg Holloway (ret.)
Fairfax Co. Police (ret.) now Sarasota Co. Sheriffs office

October 14, 2018

Met with Marlys, Tony Melissa and John at the Cemetery today on the 17th anniversary. Always good stories. Never Forgotten

MOO CJ Wolfert
Fairfax County PD

June 28, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

June 28, 2017

15 years. Felt like yesterday. Met with Marlys and the boys at cemetery then had BBQ at the office with them. Never forgotten

PFC C J Wolfert
Fairfax county

June 28, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 4, 2015

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

I was unable to go to the cemetery this year with everyone but you were in my thoughts along with yor family.

vPFC CJ Wolfert
Fairfax County Police Motor Squad

July 1, 2012

Capt. Bernal,
On today, the 11th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fairfax County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol

June 28, 2012

Tommy,
I knew you from the street. What a great guy, unchanged by making rank. You loved police work, the people and your "bikes". You are surely one person that left us too soon. I still cry when I think of you being gone!

Tokar
retired

June 28, 2011

10 years today,I remember that ride like it was yesterday. Today we we will meet at the cemetery with your family and then return back to OSB for a memorial dedication infront of OSB.

C J Wolfert
Fairfax county motors

June 28, 2011

Capt. Bernal,

Happy Police Week 2011! The sacrifices made by you and your family have not been forgotten!

Annonymous
FCPD

May 13, 2011

9 YEARS,,,WAY TO FAST..MOTORS MET WITH MARLYS AND TONY UP AT THE CEMETERY ON THE 28TH..ALL ARE DOING WELL. YOU ARE MISSED.

PFC CJ WOLFERT
FFX MOTORS

July 13, 2010

Hard to believe it ahs been 9 years. You are still missed.

Anonymous

June 28, 2010

8 years today..we will never forget.always in our thoughts

pfc cj wolfert
ffx county motor squad

June 28, 2009

Tommy,

It has been a quick seven years since the accident. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you or the events of that day. I was a Deputy Sheriff with Spotsylvania Sheriffs Office and a trainee in the Fairfax P.D. Motorcycle School that was part of the training class that day in June. I did not know you except for the weeks that I had been in the class, but your fellow officers had a great deal of respect for you as a friend and supervisor. I have that same respect for you. I keep a copy of the pamphlet that was given at your funeral on the top shelf of my toolbox to remind me of how precious life is. I look at it every day before I go to work or ride my bike. My heart goes out to your family. As I rode my Harley today and looked to the sky I could remember all of us sitting at the table eating lunch and the jokes that we told at the table just before the accident. I know that you are looking down at all of us with that same smile. Keep patrolling heaven and remember that we will never forget you.

Robbie Sprouse
Former Spotsylvania Sherifss Office Motorman

June 28, 2008

7 YEARS HAVE GONE BY WAY TO FAST...I WAS UNABLE TO GO BY THE CEMETARY TODAY BUT I KNOW A FEW OF THE GUYS DID GO WITH YOUR FAMILY..I DID GO THROUGH FRONT ROYAL TODAY ON MY WAY HOME FROM WEST VA. AND IT FELT LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY.THE WHOLE DAY PLAYED OUT IN MY HEAD WHILE I WAS DRIVING..REMEMBER, MARLYS AND THE BOYS WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS

PFC CJ WOLFERT
FFX CO POLICE MOTOR SQUAD

June 28, 2008

I met you a 100 years ago down on the Rte 50 corridor between McLean and Mason. When you made rank you never forgot where you came from, I loved working with you and I loved working for you. When it’s time for me to come “home” I’m looking forward to a long eternal friendship. I'll bet there are so great rides in Heaven.

Bob "Tokar" Tokarchic
Northern Va. Criminal Justice Academy

June 27, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 2, 2008

Yesterday was 6 years since the accident.The motor squad met with Marlys,Jon and Tony up at the cemetary for a small memorial sevice in your honor.Everyone is doing well and it was good to see them.they shall always be a part of our police family.

PFC C.J.WOLFERT
FFX POLICE MOTORS

June 29, 2007

Today is the 6th anniversary of your tragic and untimely death. Thank you for paying the supreme sacrifice. You will ALWAYS be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

Sergeant, Retired
AR

June 28, 2007

God bless your family, friends and co-workers.
Heros are never forgotten. I am greatful for your service.
Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher
Virginia

June 28, 2007

My brother in law sent me a Harley Police magazine. In it, was the 2006 FCPD motors group, lined up all nice and perfectly.

At the back of the magazine , was a letter to the editor from YOU!

It was shocking to read, but a nice note from the editors remembering you.

Again, we will be at police week, when the Unity Tour comes into town. My husband placed the wreath at your spot on the memorial last time, and we will mark the time and think of you again.

God Speed!

Wife
FCPD/NTPD

April 17, 2007

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