05/26/2003

Death of UTD Police Officer

Officer Down: Officer Bernard Parson - [Richardson, Texas]

The University of Texas at Dallas
P. O. Box 830688
Richardson, Texas 75083-0688


News Advisory Contact:
Jon Senderling, UTD, 214-906-3920 (cell),
jonsenderling@msn.com or jsender@utdallas.edu 214-596-1249 (home)


Officer Bernard F. Parson, a member of the police force at The University of Texas at Dallas, was killed Sunday morning in an automobile accident while on his way to work. Dallas police can provide details about the accident (report number 383567M).

Officer Parson lived in Cedar Hill and joined the UTD police force on Feb. 19, 2001. Prior to that, he served in the police department at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He was born on March 2, 1967.

UTD President Dr. Franklyn Jenifer said, "Officer Parson was a popular presence on campus and a full member of the UTD community. He had a gracious demeanor and was both an ambassador for good for the university and a protector from bad. He will be greatly missed."

UTD Police Chief Colleen Ridge said, "Bernard was an excellent officer who genuinely cared about the students, faculty and staff at UTD. And his love for his family just beamed. He was very involved with his son in baseball and his daughter with figure skating and Girl Scouts.

He also served as a liaison to several student organizations on campus, including the Black Student Alliance and the Explorer program. He was a pleasure to work with and to know as a person. This is a huge loss for us."

Chief Ridge said Officer Parson also was active in the community and, among other things, served as vice president of the Waterford Oaks Elementary School PTA.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

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