As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: Bradley J. Harper - [Virginia Beach, Virginia]
Additional Info: Officer Harper joined the police department in 2004 and was also a Marine reservist. He is survived by his wife.
Cause of Death: Officer Harper was killed by a roadside explosion in Iraq.
Date of Incident: August 4, 2005
A Virginia Beach police officer serving as a Marine reservist has been killed by a massive roadside explosion while riding in an amphibious vehicle in Iraq.
Bradley J. Harper, 25, died Wednesday along with 13 other Marines and an Iraqi translator on a road outside Haditha when a roadside bomb detonated and flipped their lightly armored vehicle.
On Thursday, Virginia Beach police officers memorialized Harper’s death by “draping the badge,” a traditional show of honor and brotherhood by police who place a black swath across their shields when a fellow officer is killed.