Virginia Beach police officer killed in Iraq
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.
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